Glossary of Useful Research Phrases
- "It has long been known ..."
- (I didn't look up the original reference.)
- "A definite trend is evident ..."
- (These data seem practically meaningless.)
- "Of great theoretical and practical importance ..."
- (Interesting to me.)
- "While it has not been possible to provide definite answers
to these questions ... "
- (This was an unsuccessful experiment but I still hope to get
- "Three of the examples were chosen for detailed study."
- (The others made no sense.)
- "Typical results are shown."
- (The best results are shown.)
- "The most reliable results are those obtained by Ward."
- (He was my grad assistant.)
- "It is believed that ..."
- (I think.)
- "It is generally believed that ..."
- (A couple of other guys think so too.)
- "It is clear that much additional work will be required
before a complete understanding of these phenomena is possible."
- (I don't understand it.)
- "Correct within an order of magnitude."
- "It is hoped that this study will stimulate more work in
- (This is a lousy paper but so are the others in this crummy
- "Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the
experimental work and George Frink for valuable discussions."
- (Blotz did the work and Frink explained to me what it
- "Careful analysis of obtainable data ..."
- (Three pages were obliterated when I knocked over a lass of
- "Statistically oriented projection of the findings."
- (Wild guess.)
- "Highly significant area for exploratory study."
- (A totally useless topic suggested by my committee.)