On Doing a PhD
Some advice previous students have found useful:
If you search on the Web for advice on thesis writing, a lot of the suggestions are for commercial sites. These are typically quite poor, and not relevant to a higher degree research thesis. Some links we think are good:
- Write the Thesis (Monash University) [I really like this — MD]
- How to Write a PhD Thesis (Joe Wolfe, UNSW)
- How Theses Get Written: Some Cool Tips Outline (Steve Easterbrook, UToronto)
- PhD: First Thoughts to Finished Writing (UQ)
- Tips for Presentations by Robert Dale.
- How to Give a Good Research Talk by Simon Peyton Jones, John Hughes and John Launchbury
- How to Give a Good Talk by Patrick Blackburn
As a researcher and scientist, you’re expected to abide by certain ethics guidelines. This is also a topic in COMP496/901, where these are put in context.
- Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
- On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct In Research [an enjoyable read that discusses the reasons for ethics guidelines, with interesting case studies — MD]
- Macquarie’s ethics links
- Macquarie’s ethics statement
- Macquarie Senate statement on academic freedom
- Macquarie’s ethics process for experimental work
There are a couple of useful things on the Web on how to go about reviewing (typically a conference paper or a journal article; they’re also useful tips in analysing the papers that will go in your literature review), and also about assessing the quality of papers via metrics.
- Allen S. Lee: Reviewing a Manuscript for Publication
- CORE conference and journal ranking
- Journal Impact Factor
Other universities have collected useful sites as well.
If you have any suggested additions to this page, please contact Dr Mark Dras.