3/4 of class in the bag (Sabbatical Part 7)
Now my course work is just about done....
With the conclusion of August so brings the conclusion of my reading class. For those following along that marks class 3 of 4 that I need to complete for my Masters in Computer Science. One last class this Fall term (Coding Theory) and then it's just thesis to write. I feel like this is a milestone of some sort but not quite. How was the class structured? At the very start I was provided with a couple of citations by my supervisor that were promising leads. After reading through those I started down the path of reading up on my intended thesis topic. I was doing some citation hunting and searching using our Discovery Platform ™, ACM Digital Library, and IEEE Xplore. Oh and Google Scholar... that was the best resource of all. G is totally going to eat everyone's lunch on research databases if they put some more resources into that. I can say that reliably without hyperbole now. I then met with my supervisor about once a week to discuss how it was going and I summarized everything I read in a short document. At the end of term I did a presentation that was meant to be a warm up round for my formal thesis proposal presentation that is due next week. FYI, this blog post is proving to be a very effective stalling mechanism that is helping me avoid making that slide deck and 10 page paper.
I feel like I really have experienced what Library research is like for the end user. I had a topic in mind, and I needed to do a pretty comprehensive search for material. I can now talk about the research process without the haunt of imposter syndrome. The only unfair part of it is that I already know the ins and outs of Library stuff here at Brock. Similarly I can't advocate enough for Zotero which made keeping track of citations possible. As most Computer Scientists I had to use Latex to do my work with and Zotero has great support for BibTex.
Another thing worth mentioning is that I felt the pang of being in a small Uni that doesn't have an Engineering School.
Education Tourism <- Where you take your Eduroam to a Library that has the subscriptions to the journals you need for your thesis.
— Tim Ribaric (@elibtronic) August 7, 2015
September also marked the start of my deferred sabbatical. So now school is the only thing on the agenda.
After a ghastly fight with LateX you get a PDF that betrays the amount of effort that went into making it.