Do you really believe what you are writing?

I often make my doctoral students cry, but I hasten to add it's not because I am mean. The supervision work I do is emotionally intense because I seem to have (accidentally) become a specialist in helping people who have had difficult candidatures for one reason or another. Gina Wisker calls these people 'doctoral orphans' … Continue reading Do you really believe what you are writing?

Why is grey literature not open access?

In case you didn't already know, this week is Open Access Week. To celebrate, this week's post is by Belinda Thompson,¬† a PhD Scholar in the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the Australian National University. This post originally appeared on the Open Access Support Group blog and I'd like to thank Danny Kingsley for … Continue reading Why is grey literature not open access?

Doing a PhD in your early 20s

This post is by Ben Wilkie who is a (nearly finished!) PhD candidate at Monash University in Melbourne. His research has been focused on Scottish migrants in Australia during the 19th and 20th¬†centuries. He also lectures in Australian Studies at Deakin University in Warrnambool. Ben blogs occasionally at The Scottish Australian and you can find … Continue reading Doing a PhD in your early 20s

Doing your dissertation with Microsoft Word: a book review

As many regular readers of this blog will know, I am NOT a huge fan of Microsoft Word for writing. For writing journal articles and books I use Scrivener, which is a word processing program invented by a PhD student (true story). The genius of Scrivener is that it is designed with the work of … Continue reading Doing your dissertation with Microsoft Word: a book review