Skip to main content

Law research and writing skills: Graduate researchers

Getting started  resources

Monash University Graduate Education - Monash Doctoral Program

The Law Faculty's 2020 Graduate Research Students' Guide provides guidelines and advice on thesis preparation.

See the Library's Graduate Research Library guide for information and links related to:

Use EndNote or Zotero to keep track of your references and format footnote citations in your document.

Find out about Storage and Backup guidelines.

If you can't find a resource at Monash, check with the Law Library team, or complete a Document Delivery request.

Read this article from Survive Law on writing a legal research thesis for useful tips on keeping your thesis on track.

Take a look at the database to find streamed courses and videos on using software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Project management tools, and many others.

Make an appointment with a Law librarian or learning skills adviser to discuss your research or writing needs.

Writing group   writing

The Graduate Researcher Peer Writing Group is run as part of the Law Faculty's component of the Research Skills training activities program. Graduate Researchers receive constructive feedback by group members on a chapter of their thesis, as well as develop their critical reading skills in providing feedback to their peers. Contact Dr Katherine Brabon, Learning Skills Adviser, for information: 

This course of 6 seminars is an opportunity for students to hone their writing and reading skills through a process of peer review, where they will learn to:

  • give and receive feedback in a professional and collegial manner
  • develop awareness of writing for readers
  • identify features of their own writing which they can improve

The success of this process depends on commitment from the participants, who will be expected to attend all the sessions, and to contribute at least one piece of writing for peer review feedback during the course of the semester.

Please sign up for the writing group here.

Target group:  Monash Law HDR students currently writing a thesis or journal article

Convenor:  Dr Katherine Brabon, Learning Skills Adviser, Monash University Law Library

Sessions - Semester 2, 2020

Time: 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Location:   Zoom (link will be emailed to those enrolled)

Dates: Thursday 16 August, Thursday 20 August, Thursday 3 September, Thursday 17 September, Thursday 8 October, Thursday 22 October.

Finding theses

Look at the Library's Theses library guide to find:

 Start Researching

Try these databases to gain an in depth understanding of the sources available for your topic:

Build your skills

See the Library's Research & Learning Online site for tutorials on Graduate Research and Writing 

  • Research as a processRLO
  • Working with research literature
  • Writing about research
  • Publishing your research


Set up a Researcher ID


Set up a free, permanent, unique ORCiD identifier. Your ORCiD ID can easily link with other researcher ID schemes and repositories in order to correctly attribute your research activities and output in one place

Setting up an ORCID Identifier