Useful resources for graduate research students

Seminars and Classes for all graduate research students

  1. Engineering Faculty program: Seminars and classes for research students are run by Jane Moodie and Lilian Khaw, the Graduate Research Academic Support Lecturers in the Engineering Faculty.
  2. Monash Graduate Research programs: The comprehensive Monash doctoral program for graduate research students from all disciplines with eight learning domains, including Research Essentials (eg seminars on Planning and Managing your PhD; Writing a research proposal; Introduction to Statistics) and Publishing Communication Dissemination (eg seminars on Presenting your research with impact; Getting published: how to write a good journal article).
  3. Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA) programs: Seminars run by MPA

Online Monash Programs

  1. Podcasts available through Monash Postgraduate Association: Organising a postgrad conference; Confirmation of candidature; Effective PowerPoint Presentations; International Postgrads.
  2. Online Learning Support for Higher Degree Research Students: Resources on Designing research projects, Developing hypotheses and academic arguments and Developing an academic writing style are available. A comprehensive list of useful references and links to excellent online resources is provided.

Other Useful References

Conducting research and getting a PhD

Booth, WC, Colomb, G and Williams, JM (2008). The Craft of Research, 3rd edition, University of Chicago Press (Matheson Library 001.42 B725C 2008 and as an electronic resource)

Azuma, RT So long and thanks for the PhD! A computer science PhD student’s guide to surviving graduate school. Everything he wishes he had known when he started out. Useful for Engineering students with humour added and the wisdom of hindsight.

Writing an Engineering thesis

Evans, D and Gruba, P (2014). How to write a Better Thesis, Melbourne University Press, 3rd edition. (Monash University Library ebook)

Writing Engineering research papers

Excellent book for all students:

Glasman-Deal, H (2010). Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English. Imperial College Press, London. (Monash University Library ebook)

Day, R (2006). How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, 6th edition. Cambridge University Press. (Hargrave-Andrew Library 808.066 D274H 2006)

Devising slide presentations in Science and Engineering

Frankel, F (2012). Visual strategies: a practical guide to graphics for scientists & engineers. Yale University Press, New Haven

Excellent book: Carter, M (2012). Designing Science Presentations a visual guide to figures, papers, slides, posters, and more, ebook available through the Monash Library,Elsevier/Academic Press, Boston

Excellent online lecture: Jean-luc Doumont (2013) Creating effective slides, Lecture at Stanford University

Blogs with good resources for HDR students

Research writing for non-native speakers of English

Excellent book for all students:

Glasman-Deal, H (2010). Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English. Imperial College Press, London. (Hargrave-Andrew Library 808.0665 G548S2010 and Monash University Library ebook)

Feak, C. and Swales, J. (2009). Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Review. Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press. (Matheson Library 808.0428 F288T 2009)

Swales, J. and Feak, C. (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: A Course for Nonnative Speakers of English, 3rd edition. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (Hargrave-Andrew Library 808.042 S971A 2004)

Swales, J. and Feak, C. (2000). English in Today’s Research World: A Writing Guide. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (Matheson Library 808.042 S971E 2000)

Swales, J. and Feak, C. (2009). Abstracts and the writing of abstracts. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (Matheson Library 808.062 S971A 2009)

Weissberg, R. and Buker, S. (1990). Writing Up Research: Experimental Research Report Writing for Students of English. Prentice Hall Regents (Hargrave-Andrew Library 808.0666 W432W)

English Grammar

Online grammar resources
  1. Excellent online resources for Essential Grammar and Academic Skills: Griffith University Help Yourself Resources,
  2. Excellent online resources for help with academic style, cohesion and coherence, and grammar: Academic Writing in English: available at

Caplan, N. (2012) Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers, University of Michigan Press (Matheson Library 808.0420711 C244G 2012)

Master, P. (1986) Science, Medicine and Technology: English Grammar and Technical Writing, Prentice Hall Regents (Out of print but available for loan from Jane Moodie)

Excellent sections on useful grammar for writing research papers in:

Glasman-Deal, H. (2010) Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English, Imperial College Press, London (Hargrave-Andrew Library 808.0665 G548S2010 and Monash University Library ebook)

Excellent book that explains tricky problems and rules of grammar and of vocabulary (for example: what is the difference between come and go; between each and every; and between fairly, quite, rather and pretty?): Swan,  M. (2005) Practical English Usage, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press

(Matheson Library 428 S972B 2005)

Spoken English skills for Speakers of English as an Additional Language

Monash programs

Talk about research: Engineering Faculty short course that aims to help students develop their ability to discuss and present their research. Engineering Faculty.

English Connect: a number of programs including Let’s Chat for Conversational English; Peer Support for drop-in help with written or spoken academic work; Accent with confidence: Pronunciation an 8-week course with weekly one-hour sessions; and Get Help Grammar a short course of four workshops on English grammar.

Monash Doctoral Program Seminars:

Excellent online resources for developing your speaking and pronunciation

Excellent book

Feak, C. (2009). Academic interactions: communicating on campus. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (Hargrave-Andrew Library 428.3 F288A 2009)