Reading other theses in your discipline can provide ideas about structure, style and formatting. The Theses Library Guide tells you how to find theses from Monash, other Australian and international universities.
Here are some good blogs on thesis writing and other aspects of research, maintained by academics with a strong interest in research education.
While your main focus as a research student might be writing a thesis, you need to be able to communicate effectively in writing and orally for a range of audiences (academic journals, media, industry and the community).
To develop these skills, attend workshops (see the Classes and consultations box on the right), and follow the links below for thesis writing and presenting at conferences.
Writing about literature The review traditionally provides an historical overview of the theory and the research literature, with a special emphasis on the literature specific to the thesis topic... more
Introductions and conclusions This first chapter must introduce the thesis with an emphasis on its key components, providing a clear statement of the topic or problem under investigation. It generally includes... more By now you have completed your research, identified results, drawn conclusions and written most of the work. You are ready to construct the final and concluding chapter of your thesis... more
These tools can assist:
Many people feel nervous about speaking to an audience, but oral presentations can be successful with good planning and a systematic approach...more
Writing groups provide a moderated, friendly, collegiate environment for students to share their written work with peers and become better oral and written communicators. Because writing groups involve discussion and critique, they also provide experience in giving and receiving peer feedback. Students may join a writing group to improve various aspects of their writing or to reinforce their confidence and motivation to complete a project. Learning skills advisers moderate the sessions, maintain communication and contribute relevant additional material.
Locations (in alphabetical order) with research areas and contacts
All Graduate Research students. Contact email@example.com
Science. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences: Wednesdays fortnightly. Contact Tomas.Zahora@monash.edu
Law Graduate Research students. See Law Research Writing Development Group webpage: http://www.law.monash.edu.au/research/hdr/law-res-writing-dev-grp.html
Humanities and social sciences: fortnightly on Tuesdays at 11am -1pm. Contact Janice.Pinder@monash.edu
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Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences: fortnightly on Wednesdays, 9:30-11am. Contact Tomas.Zahora@monash.edu
Do you need to include material published by others (images, diagrams, recordings, etc.) in your thesis or research publication? The Monash University Copyright Adviser, located within the Library, can provide practical advice on managing copyright during the research and publication process.
Monash University allows Graduate Research students to use a professional editor under certain conditions. See 7.1.4 Acknowledgement of editing assistance in the Handbook for Doctoral Degrees.
There is useful advice on choosing an editor in this post on the Thesis Whisperer blog.
The Library does not provide an editing and proofreading service. The Monash Postgraduate Association maintains a list of editors and proofreaders.