From writing papers, to giving presentations, to grad school humor. These are the top 42 books for PhD and graduate students. If you want to survive in graduate school, you must read these books.
It is normal to feel lost in the vastness of a PhD project. Graduate school is a though place. You need to learn how to write, how to give presentations, how to do research, and how not to surrender. And you have to learn fast.
Are you a graduate student that wants to know what (today’s) scientists had to do in order to finish at grad school? What they did to become good researchers? How come they didn’t go nuts in the process?
I expect this 42 books for PhD and graduate students to help in their quest for a career in science. Some of these books I have read myself or are in my to-read list. The remaining books have been recommended by very wise people that have survived and endured a PhD.
You will find all your answers in these books. If there is some missing gem, please let us know in the comments section.
Academic Writing Books
Presentation Skills Books
Graduate School Motivation And General Advice Books
UPDATED: Check the Next Scientist
I have started a new blog to help PhD students and young scientist to do better science, get exposure and grow their academic footprint. All using digital hacks, blogging and social media. Check these blog posts, I think you might find them interesting:
- Grow Your Academic Footprint With A Science Blog: A Free Videotutorial, our video guide that helps you to set up your own science blog.
- 7 habits of highly visible PhD students, it includes some tips on social media and blogging.
- 3 Questions You Should Ask Your PhD Supervisor Before Choosing A Career In Science?, a reality check before jumping on an academic career.
- 10 Things You Should Know Before Starting a PhD, with all those dirty secrets nobody is going to tell you.
- A statement of purpose for graduate school, the letter I was submitting when I searched for PhDs.
- We have other posts on science blogging and social media for scientists.