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The following resources outline helpful preliminary steps in preparing to search the literature, and provide tips and strategies to help ensure your search is successful.
These presentations form part of the HDR training and are designed to help you search literature effectively
Deakin University theses may be found via:
Trove (Libraries Australia) is the national database of material held in Australian libraries. To find theses, type keywords from author, title, and/or institution and add thesis in the keyword search box.
Also search for theses within scholarly search engines such as Google Scholar.
Staff in the Division Student Life, Deakin University, have developed resources that focus on aspects of writing and editing a thesis.
Deakin University has an online thesis submission process.
Past students can deposit a digital copy of their doctoral or masters thesis for preservation purposes.
Research methods and literature review Library Resource Guide links you to Deakin books covering topics such as doing a PhD and writing theses.
How to find theses (PDF, 994KB) provides a quick overview of basic search tools and databases to help you find theses quickly.
Options to find resources and material that Deakin may not have access to:
A literature review is generally undertaken as part of a thesis requirement and as part of the initial investigation to demonstrate the feasibility of undertaking research.
It generally involves comprehensively searching relevant literature and critically analysing and synthesising the information found so that the author may confidently state the justifications for their new research to be undertaken.
Specific information to assist with writing and understanding of literature reviews is available at Study Skills HDR resources.
Additional library resources are available at:
The Research Methods Mini-Lectures provide an overview of the research design process and research methodology across disciplines with an emphasis on social sciences.
These mini-lectures have been made available primarily for Honours and HDR students, but are accessible to all students undertaking research.
The lectures are presented by Dr. Brad Warren, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. They address aspects of research including:
Download presentation slides from 10 lectures:
It is vital to keep up to date with the latest literature, trends and developments in your research area. This task has been made easier by new communication technologies, and the increasing availability of alerting services from publishers and database providers.
To keep you informed of newly published research using RSS feeds and alerting services, a series of tutorials is below.
Journal Table of Contents (TOC) alert from journal publishers (PDF, 1.34MB) helps you subscribe to new issue notifications.
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