Designed for University of Canberra Graduate Researchers as a platform for sharing information, ideas, support and resources. The site is open to guests, but to be able to participate in discussions you need to login.

    The site complements face to face workshops.

    Students chatting around a table

    • Starting your research degree

      These pages more or less cover what you should know, do in the first year of your research degree. It includes information shared at orientation, resources for developing a research proposal, and for developing a project.

    • You and your supervisor

      "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham

    • Managing the literature

      This session aims to provide guidance and strategies in the process of developing a literature review. The session also includes activities to help you understand and develop your literature writing skills. The library plays a crucial role in this process, so you will need to make sure you are familiar with the library and the support it offers.  If you are not on campus check out e-books available from the library and off campus services.

      •  Thomas, G. (2013). The literature review. How to do your research project (pp 57-89). London: Sage EQUELLA Resource
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      •  Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2011). Getting started: Reviewing the literature. Business research methods (3rd ed., pp. 90-120). Oxford: Oxford University Press. EQUELLA Resource
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    • The research proposal

    • Doing the research

      These pages bring together workshop notes and resources on doing research. Notes are provided on

      • the big picture: the thinking underpinning research
      • the role of theory in research
      • qualitative approaches to research
      • quantitative approaches to research
      • using mixed methods
      • using computer software  (NVivo) to manage data 
      • the role of theory in research
      • doing fieldwork
    • Writing the thesis

      'Piled higher and Deeper’ by Jorge Cham

      These pages suggest a wide range of options for developing writing skills.

      They complement  face to face sessions on writing offered by the Research Development Program . 

    • Communicating your research

      'Piled higher and Deeper’ by Jorge Cham

      This section explores presentation of research generally. It includes information and resources on the presentation of theses as a series of publications (scroll down to find)

       Are you an academic hermit? Here’s how to easily change, if you want to

      Communicating your research well is crucial, as the sheer number of publications coming out compete against each other to grab audience's attention. There are way to many studies according to Parolo, Pietro Della Britto et. al. "Attention Decay in Science" xarchiv [online]["6 March 2015"][last accessed 11 June 2015]. Available on Internet: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1503.01881v1.pdf

      You may want to check out and subscribe to the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC), an independent, not-for-profit service for the news media, giving journalists direct access to evidence-based science and expertise. AusSMC aims to improve links between the media and the scientific community.

      •  Cargill_.Excerpt from Writing scientific research articles (pp.9-13, 15-17)pdf EQUELLA Resource
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      •  Delamont_Publishing journal papers: 'Some marvelous things to say'.pdf EQUELLA Resource
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    • Keeping on track

      'Piled higher and Deeper’ by Jorge Cham

      •  Fnn. Project management pdf EQUELLA Resource
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    • Finishing and submitting

      'Piled higher and Deeper’ by Jorge Cham

      When is a thesis ready for submission? How do you find and what can you expect from an editor?

      The final stages of thesis writing are always longer than anticipated – you should allow at least 6 months from handing in a final draft to submitting. Read When is a thesis ready for submission for advice on what to focus on to finalise the thesis.

      Your supervisor may suggest you get an editor to help you finalise the thesis.  Finding and employing a professional editor includes a list of recommended editors. You can also check the Institute of Professional Editors' pages on Editing Research Theses and A Guide to Thesis Editing in Australia which takes you through key issues in professional thesis editing. 

    • The examination process

      'Piled higher and Deeper’ by Jorge Cham

    • Scholarships, grants & jobs

      'Piled higher and Deeper’ by Jorge Cham

      The University of Canberra regularly offers scholarships to its research students. Information on these scholarships is available from the Research Student's Office website. If you have not been able to obtain a scholarship through UC, or if you want to complement an existing scholarship, why not try to locate scholarships outside UC.

      Many organisations offer scholarships. This Moodle website lists some of these scholarships on two separate pages Scholarships to study/research in Australia AND Scholarships to study/research overseas

      You can also locate scholarships by checking websites offering databases of available scholarships and grants such as Research Professional, an Australian based research funding opportunities database, to which UC subscribes.

      The Australia Education International website allows you to search for scholarships in Australia. This may be useful for international students.

    • Off campus access