John Biggam Succeeding With Your Masters Dissertation Topic

Know the key databases and journals in your field. To get help identifying these, contact your subject librarian.

See the Spaces section of this guide for information about the various kinds of spaces available in Bobst, including carrels, grad-student-only areas, and group rooms.

Choose a tool such as RefWorks, EndNote, or Zotero to manage and organize your citations.

Find projects on topics close to your own by using Dissertation Abstracts and Doctoral Dissertations in Progress.

Consider joining a writing group or finding a writing buddy. See the box to the left for more information on this.

Be aware of the resources beyond NYU Libraries that are available to you.

When you've written a chapter or more, look for a venue where you can present it and get feedback. Regional affiliates of national scholarly organizations (such as the Modern Language Association) and graduate student conferences can be good places to start.

Don't forget to use your school's submission checklist before submitting your dissertation or thesis!

In order to be sure you have done a really comprehensive search of the literature, here is a checklist of sources/types of information for you to use.  

Books:  Search the SCU catalogue and Libraries Australia which searches ALL library catalogues throughout Australia. The National Library of Australia and all the State Libraries are deposit libraries, so you can be sure you are seeing everything that has been published in Australia, including theses, reports and conference papers. Request an Inter-Library Loan for items not held at SCU. (Note: not available to offshore students.)

Electronic books: Google Books and other online book collections which are available from our eBooks collections page.

Journal literature: Use databases to find relevant scholarly articles that are unavailable without an SCU login. To find suitable databases for your area of research, see the LibGuides. Databases searches are essential to ensure that you have retrieved all relevant literature in your field. Google Scholar can also be used to locate articles.

Citation databases: e.g. Scopus and Web of Science allow you to trace the works of particular authors and provides citations to related articles. These sources provide both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web resources.

Websites of Organisations often contain useful links to other quality web resources. Find a key organisation in your subject area (government agency, nongovernmental organisation, scholarly society, research institute, professional or business association). Find their website and look for links.

Grey Literature: Unpublished source material is an essential resource for some research projects but is often extremely difficult to locate and access. See your Liaison Librarian for assistance.

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