Resources for Research Students
International Journal of Doctoral Studies (IJDS)
The journal publishes scholarly articles on issues in doctoral studies using the Informing Science framework. The focus of the journal is on conceptual, theoretical and empirical contributions. .
International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET)
As per the information provided on the website, the journal aims to focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing and testing elements of technology enhanced learning. It aims to bridge the gap between pure academic research journals and more practical publications. Hence it covers the full range from research, application development to experience reports and product descriptions.
Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Author: Jose L. Galvan)
The book published by Pyrczak Publishing provides easy-to-follow guidelines in the preparation of literature reviews for term projects, theses, and dissertations. The book contains numerous examples from published literature reviews to inform the readers on the literature review process. .
Research Methods Knowledge Base
This is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in social research methods. It covers the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and nonprobability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobtrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and, writing the research paper. It also addresses the major theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research including: the idea of validity in research; reliability of measures; and ethics. It uses an informal, conversational style to engage both the newcomer and the more experienced student of research. It is a fully hyperlinked text that can be integrated easily into an existing course structure or used as a sourcebook for the experienced researcher who simply wants to browse.
Kitchenham, B. (2004). Procedures for performing systematic reviews. Technical report, Keele University and NICTA, UK. Retrieved January 08, 2015, from http://tests-zingarelli.googlecode.com/svn-history/r336/trunk/2-Artigos-Projeto/Revisao-Sistematica/Kitchenham-Systematic-Review-2004.pdf
Venkatesh, V., Brown, S. A., & Bala, H. (2013). Bridging the qualitative-quantitative divide: Guidelines for conducting mixed methods research in information systems. MIS Quarterly, 37(1), 21-54.
» Web Sites
Glossary of Statistical Terms
The webpage defines terms used in conducting social science and policy research, for example those describing methods, measurements, statistical procedures, and other aspects of research.
This provides a forum where individuals interested in doctoral writing can come together to share information, resources, ideas, dreams (perhaps even nightmares!) in a spirit of building knowledge and skills around higher degree research writing. As a contributor, you might be supporting research students in doctoral writing or ‘academic literacies’, or be a researcher in this field, or a research student itself.
Swinburne Graduate Studies Resource Hub
This provides a one-stop resource website for candidates and supervisors containing useful information related to successfully completing a Research Degree at Swinburne.
The Impact Blog
The Impact of Social Sciences blog is run by the LSE Public Policy Group, and is a hub for researchers, administrative staff, librarians, students, think-tanks, government, and anyone else interested in maximising the impact of academic work in the social sciences and other disciplines. The intent is to encourage debate, share best practice and keep the impact community up to date with news, events and the latest research.
How to Choose a Thesis Topic (by James Hayton)
The webpage contains author’s viewpoints information on how to arrive at a research topic and could be of interest to early stage researchers and doctoral candidates.
Claude Shannon--Father of the Information Age (Video, 29:31)
Bertrand Russell--Face to Face Interview (BBC, 1959) (Video, 28:50)
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