During my PhD, I wrote a couple papers referencing and using a set of notes available online, which constitute(d) the draft of a textbook (and laid down techniques and lemmata I used). [1]

Now, I am in the process of writing my thesis, and noticed that this online resource (originally title Asymptopia) had disappeared from the website of the author, which now states:

A few years ago I decided I might actually finish if I split the
Asymptopia manuscript into two parts. Currently I am working on the
empirical process bit, which has acquired the temporary working title
MiniEmpirical. Some chapters have reached a reasonably complete form.
Those chapters are in the Mini subdirectory.

Of course, this is entirely up to the author, and I have nothing to argue against this. But that does put me in a bit of a pickle, as I don’t know of any equivalent resource to cite (the exposition of the techniques was both very clear, and adapted to what I am using). I personally have a pdf copy of this resource which I saved before it disappeared, but—of course—it is not up to me to make it available.

What is the correct way to handle this? Cite the previous draft as if it were still there, possibly with a relevant link to a cached version? Something else?

[1] Bibtex entry:

author = {Pollard, David},
title = {Asymptopia},
howpublished = {url{http://www.stat.yale.edu/~pollard/Books/Asymptopia}},
note = {Manuscript},
year = 2003

I’ve found some source code that creates a visualization I like. I’ve (slightly) modified it and used exclusively my own data in it. Is it right to cite the github repository I acquired the original code from? I don’t want to be improper or misleading at all, but then it’s not normal to cite matplotlib, say, which this doesn’t feel much different to (except it’s code from a single author) so I’m unsure on correct procedure. I’m trying not to inflate the word count unnecessarily or give the false impression that the data is someone else’s (which I’m worried citing the code might do) – but equally I don’t want to give off any false impressions of authorship on my part.

Edit: To clarify I’m not distrusting the code at all, I’m just using it to generate a figure in my paper.

I want to enter a PhD programme in continental philosophy in about 7 months. This is while I hold an MA in Computer Science. While the school is very open to my application, — i.e. they don’t strictly require a Master’s degree in a related field– I still want to make my application stand out as much as possible.

I have found quite many philosophy courses online (on coursera, and other websites) but the only ones that have captured my attention have been the ones coming from prestigious universities such as Harvard and Oxford.


Are such courses of any value when applying to universities? Specially in the case of a person coming from a very unrelated background.

I was trying to find the latex template for IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, but I am only able to find the .doc template. Do we have any .tex template for this journal?


Usually there should be latex template as well.

When one is hired by industry to research (or something of innovative nature), he or she may want (or need) to access online journal articles.
But I suppose normal industrial jobs (e.g. software engineer in Amazon) don’t grant online subscriptions to journals (like, access to a network IP with a subscription, just like many university accounts).
So, do industrial researchers purchase subscriptions themselves (this seems to be close to impossible)? Or do they apply for subscriptions through their company?
I have not worked in the industry, but I am curious.

What is a good online resource for a student who doesn’t know how to write a research paper? Content I would like to see included in such a resource: how to use library databases, what a thesis statement is, how to distinguish reliable online sources from unreliable ones, how to write a bibliography, how to cite sources in the body of the paper, etc.

The target audience would be first-year undergraduates, although to be honest something written for K-12 students (particularly middle school and high school) would probably be very useful, too.

Many out-of-copyright books digitized by Google aren’t available on Google Books. (I do believe though that they used to be available on Google Books.) Often though, you can still find it on Archive.org or some other sites (e.g. Hathitrust).

Example: History of Hancock County, Indiana (1882) is available only in snippet view on Google Books, but is fully and freely available on Archive. But the version that Archive has is simply the version that Google produced. And if I’m not mistaken, Archive is 100% legal and above-board, so it’s not like Archive is simply illegally sharing this book.

You can easily find many more examples. So why does Google not make these books available?

It’s no big deal I guess, if I can find the book elsewhere, but sometimes I can’t.

I want to get Certification for Internet Research Specialist is there any best Institute for this type of certification?
Are there any online certification courses for Qualitative Internet research?
I know about some Association that are offering that kind of Certification

CIRS Certification has thus far the most comprehensive curriculum and a well rounded subject matter that fulfills the industry requirements. Another option is a course offered by CIW called CIW Internet Business Associate. There are some universities offering short courses on online search but most are structured for librarians.

Please give me some suggestion.