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External Resources

Essay Writing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bkk3PVjDMI&list=PLB09116D11C60E7DB

This You-tube videos was produced by Massey University. View these in conjunction with SCU study guides and where any differences occur always use the SCU detail required by your lecturer/tutor.

Report Writing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFGNKJruxdg&feature=relmfu

This You-tube videos was produced by Massey University. View these in conjunction with SCU study guides and where any differences occur always use the SCU detail required by your lecturer/tutor.

English Grammar and Punctuation

http://www.grammar-monster.com/

If you have trouble with your English grammar and punctuation then this site is a quick and easy reference that is easy to understand and provides simple examples that assist you in correcting your grammar and punctuation. It does have some additional paid services but you do not need to use them. Good for both beginners and those undertaking more challenging writing.

The Literature Review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKL2pdRmwc4&feature=related

This You-tube videos was produced by Massey University. View these in conjunction with SCU study guides and where any differences occur always use the SCU detail required by your lecturer/tutor.

Editing your Work

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDOZBXya7vY&list=PLBCB5EF2A5A4F24AD&index=5&feature=plpp_video

This You-tube videos was produced by Massey University. View these in conjunction with SCU study guides and where any differences occur always use the SCU detail required by your lecturer/tutor.

 A Guide to Harvard Referencing

http://youtu.be/NDgqqPvMn0U

This You-tube videos was produced by the University of Derby. View these in conjunction with SCU study guides and where any differences occur always use the SCU detail required by your lecturer/tutor.

Jonny, a student at the University of Derby, explains Harvard Referencing. He discusses how to use citations and how to reference different sources such as books, journals and websites.
http://www.derby.ac.uk/studyskills . Published on Sep 7, 2012

The Research Proposal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ8Vfx4721M&feature=relmfu

This You-tube videos was produced by Massey University. View these in conjunction with SCU study guides and where any differences occur always use the SCU detail required by your lecturer/tutor.

Postgraduate students embarking on a research project are usually required to submit a Research Proposal before they can start.  This video lecture covers the most important aspects of a Research Proposal which potential researchers need to know.

Writing the Thesis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHHtfO-Bu1M&feature=relmfu

This You-tube videos was produced by Massey University. View these in conjunction with SCU study guides and where any differences occur always use the SCU detail required by your lecturer/tutor.

This video lecture gives an overview of the different elements one should be aware of when writing a thesis or dissertation.

Getting Your Research Published

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIEiRUJeRJM&feature=youtu.be

This You-tube videos was produced by Massey University. View these in conjunction with SCU study guides and where any differences occur always use the SCU detail required by your lecturer/tutor.

This video lecture examines various avenues which postgraduate students may whish to pursue to get their research disseminated in the academic community.

The Thesis Whisperer

http://thesiswhisperer.com/

The Thesis Whisperer is a newspaper style blog dedicated to helping research students everywhere.  It is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, director of research training at the ANU.

Three Month Thesis

http://3monththesis.com/

This site aims to help you write a better thesis faster and with less stress.

Thesis Writing Sites

Thesis writing: Higher Degree by Research From Deakin University. The resources discuss thesis writing and structure, the writing process, the literature review, and editing and style. There is also some great advice about postgraduate basics.

Climb the Thesis Mountain An excellent guide to producing a thesis from Monash University.

Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation By S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D., Michigan State University in East Lansing. A useful site with good links.

Writing Theses and Dissertations By Jennifer Hillman Helgren and David Parker at Claremont Graduate University

Thesis writing resources University of Wollongong Research Division

Re-envisioning the PhD From the University of Washington Graduate School. A great portal site with some good advice included.

Research Writing From The University of South Australia LTU

How to write a Ph D Thesis Notes on preparing and writing thesis at UNSW from Associate Professor Joe Wolfe in the UNSW School of Physics.

The Last Scramble: Submitting that Thesis A very useful point-form list of advice on thesis writing. UNSW PhD graduate Ben Searle produced the paper for a Postgraduate Board seminar and it is now available to all research students via the website.

Advice & Humour

Introduction to postgraduate study From Massey University in NZ, this site discusses planning and writing and producing theses and conference papers.

The Thesis Whisperer A newspaper style blog dedicated to helping research students everywhere. It is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and has contributors from around the world.

How to fail your dissertation Humour with some good advice!

How To Write A Dissertation or Bedtime Reading For People Who Do Not Have Time To Sleep Purdue University

Piled Higher & Deeper: Life (or the lack thereof) in Academia A comic strip by Jorge Cham

How to Be a Good Graduate Student A paper from Marie desJardins, Indianna University.

The Keogh Lab: Resources and advice for students From Scott Keogh, Australian National University

Conferences & Research Presentations

Some dos and don’ts of giving a good 15 minute talk Scott Keogh, ANU. Advice for preparing a short talk at a professional conference, where time is strictly limited.

Conference Paper Guides From Claremont Graduate University Writing Center. Includes guides to Conference Paper Types, Conference Proposals and Abstracts, Preparing Papers for Conferences in the Humanities and the Social Sciences and Tips for Delivering Conference Papers.

The Nuts and Bolts of Producing a Thesis

Techniques for Managing Theses Using Microsoft Word Very helpful guide from the Wniversity of Waterloo.

Books

Some very useful books on thesis writing and doing a research degree(* = available from The Learning Centre)

*Bailey, S. (2006). Academic Writing: A handbook for international students. Abingdon: Routledge.

Becker, H. (2007, 2nd edition). Writing for social scientists: How to start and finish your thesis, book, or article. University of Chicago Press.

Betts, K. & Seitz, A. (1994). Writing essays and research reports in the social sciences. Melbourne: Nelson.

* Boddington, P. & Clanchy, J. (1999). Reading for study and research. Australia: Longman.

* Booth, W.C., Colomb. G.G. & Williams, J.M. (1995) The craft of research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

* Craswell, G. (2005).  Writing for Academic Success: A Postgraduate Guide. London: Sage.

While aimed at academic writing in general, this book has sections on thesis writing that covers a lot of key areas. There are also chapters on managing academic writing, the mechanics of academic writing, writing a literature review and other academic texts sch as journal articles and books.

Cryer, P. (1996). The research student’s guide to success. Open University press, Buckingham.

* Dunleavy, P. (2003). Authoring a PhD thesis: how to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral dissertation. Palgrave Study Guides

Patrick Dunleavy shares his accumulated wisdom as an experienced doctoral supervisor and academic writer in the social sciences.  Focussing on the links between writing and thinking, his book takes students through the process of planning, drafting, writing, revising and shaping the thesis in an engaging, insightful and sometimes amusing way.

* Elphinstone, L. & Schweitzer, R. (1998). How to get a research degree: A survival guide. St. Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

This small but comprehensive volume should be required reading for all commencing postgraduate research students and their supervisors. It is one of the best there is.

Ely, M., Vinz, R., Downing, M & Anzul, M. (1997). On writing qualitative research. London: The Falmer Press.

* Evans, D & Gruba, P. (2002). How to write a better thesis. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

A highly-recommended, easily accessible and comprehensive guide that focuses on writing the various sections of the thesis based on the writers’ extensive experience of supervising and supporting students in Australia.

Evans, D., Gruba, P. & Zobel, J. (2011). How to write a better thesis. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Feak, C. & Swales, J. M. (2009). Telling a research story: Writing a literature review. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Feak, C. & Swales, J. M. (2011). Creating contexts: Writing introductions across genres. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

* Hart, C. (1998). Doing a literature review. Releasing the social science research imagination. London: Sage.

A key text that all students in the social sciences should be familiar with before starting their literature review.

*Hart, C.  (2005).  Doing your Masters Dissertation.  London: Sage.

A thorough and comprehensive handbook aimed at supporting students doing a master’s dissertation in the social sciences.  It has sections on formulating a topic and finding a format, on research design and methodology, on ethics and a final section on writing.

* Holliday, A. (2002). Doing and writing qualitative research. London: Sage.

Although not specifically aimed at doctoral or masters students, this book is one of the few that helps qualitative researchers understand that the writing process is an integral part of doing qualitative research and becoming a qualitative researcher.  It considers the particular challenges confronting qualitative writers as they attempt to ‘find their voice’.

Huff, A. H. (1999). Writing for scholarly publication. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

*Kearns, H & Gardiner, M. (2008). The seven secrets of highly successful research students. The PhD experience: What they didn’t tell you at induction. Time for research: Time management for PhD students. Defeating self sabotage: Getting your PhD finished. (4 booklets)

* Lewins, F. (1993). Writing a thesis: A guide to its nature and organization. Canberra: Bibliotech, ANUTECH.

*Manalo, E. & Trafford, J. (2004).  Thinking to Thesis: A Guide to Graduate Success at all Levels.  Auckland: Pearson.

This book covers many key issues for research students such as time and self-management and making the most of available resources. There is also a very useful chapter on writing a high-quality thesis.

* Madsen, D. (1992). Successful dissertations and theses: A guide to graduate student research from proposal to completion. San Fancisco: Jossey-Bass.

* Murray, R. (2002). How to write a thesis. Open University Press.

One of the few books that actually takes student writers through the process of writing a thesis at the various stages of the PhD.  It cannot be recommended too highly.  It is a book to be dipped into again and again depending on the particular problem encountered and will prove an invaluable source of inspiration and encouragement

*Paltridge, B. & Starfield, S. (2007). Thesis and dissertation writing in a second language. London: Routledge.

* Phillips, E., Pugh, D. (2004). How to get a Ph.D: A handbook for students and their supervisors. Fourth edition. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Now in its fourth edition, this ‘classic’ covers issues such as the PhD process, the nature of the PhD, and what students expect from their supervisors, university and departmental responsibilities.

* Punch, K.F. (2000). Developing effective research proposals, London: Sage.

*Ridley, D. (2008). The literature review: A step-by-step guide for students. London: Sage.

*Rugg, G. & Petre, M. (2004). The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research.  Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Well, they’ve now been written down and are worth reading!

Rudestam, K. E. & Newton, R. R. (2001). Surviving your dissertation. Newbury Park: Sage.

Sides, C.H. (1999). How to write and present technical information (3rd ed.) Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.

*Swales, J. & Feak, C. (2004). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential tasks and skills. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Swales, J. & Feak, C. (2000) English in today’s research world: A writing guide. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. (2009) Abstracts and the writing of abstracts. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Thody, A. (2006). Writing and presenting research. London: Sage.

* The Sociology Writing Group. (1998). A guide to writing sociology papers. New York: St Martin’s Press.

* Wallace, M. & Wray, A. (2006). Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates, London: Sage.

* Zerubavel, E. (1999). The Clockwork Muse. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


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