Following are a few directions you can refer, if you are just starting off with your PG or doctorate research work:
1) Go through various Software Engineering Research Groups and what are they upto including their SE subareas, projects and publications. You can go here to start with.
2) Go through the Top SE Journals and Top Conferences. Explore their recent volumes/issues for titles/abstract of the published articles. Read the full text if you find the title and abstract interesting.
3) Go through the list of Top SE Researchers/Authors. Their profiles including their publications and the research projects undertaken can prove invaluable.
4) Study good SE books. You can google “Top Software Engineering Books”. A good starting point is the book titled “Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Guide” by Roger S. Pressman.
5) Study good books on Scientific Research Methodology to understand the basics of scientific research.
6) Study Industrial perspective towards developing a software project. This is especially vital if you have no prior software development industry work experience. Some informal tips are:
- Visit the websites of top IT Companies.
- Read Software Engineering Pressman Book’s “Home Security System Team Conversations”.
- Talk to your friends working in IT industry about the Software Development Processes and Practices they follow.
- Enlist and study the CASE tools being used in Industry.
- Read Barbara Kitchenham’s literature on ‘Conducting Systematic Literature Reviews (SLRs) in Software Engineering’. Visit Version 2004 and Version 2007.
- Visit the websites of famous open source software such as Eclipse (Link1 and Link2), Mozilla Firefox and Bugzilla etc to study their development and evolution over the years.