Postgraduate Research Resources
Previous postgraduate theses/reports
Several Masters theses/research papers are available online
Useful books held by the Library
Check the Library catalogue for books not listed here
Bailey, S. (2018). Academic writing: A handbook for international students (5th ed.). Routledge. 808.042 8 BAI
Blaxter, L., Tight, M., & Hughes, C. (2010). How to research. McGraw-Hill Education. Also available online
Cooper, H. Where's your argument? How to present your academic argument in writing. Palgrave Macmillan Education. 808.042 COO
Creswell, J. W. & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. SAGE. 001.42 CRE
Cryer, P. (2006). The research student’s guide to success (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. Also available online
Foster, J. (1996). How to get ideas. Berrett-Koehler. 808.066 659 FOS
Godfrey, J. (2016). Writing for university (2nd ed.). Palgrave. 808.066 378 GOD
Hacker, D. & Summers, N. (2011). A writer's reference (7th ed.). Bedford/St Martins. 808.042 HAC
Lia, P. (2020). Simplify your study: Effective strategies for coursework and exams. Red Globe Press. 378.170281 LIA
Murray, R. (2017). How to write a thesis. Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education. 808.066 378 MUR
Paltridge, B. & Starfield, S. (2020). Thesis and dissertation writing in a second language : a handbook for students and their supervisors. Routledge. 808.042 PAL
Read, S. W. (2019). Academic writing skills for international students. Macmillan International Higher Education. 808.4 REA
Reid, M. (2012). Report writing. Palgrave Macmillan. 808.02 REI
Shon, P. C. (2018). The quick fix guide to academic writing: How to avoid big mistakes and small errors. 808.066 378 SHO
Thomas, G. (2017). Doing research (2nd ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. 001.42 THO
Walliman, N. (2018). Research methods: The basics. Routledge. 001.42 WAL
Wang, G. T. & Park, K. (2016). Student research and report writing: From topic selection to the complete paper. Wiley Blackwell. 808.02 WAN
Williams, K., Woolliams, M., & Spiro, J. (2020). Reflective writing (2nd ed.). Red Globe Press. 808.042 WIL
Useful online books
Note that in order to access the Library’s online resources you will need to have an OpenAthens account. Contact the library if you are a current student and don’t have an account. If you wish to download the books, you will need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your device.
Berger, A. A. (2008). The academic writer’s toolkit : A user’s manual. Routledge. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e000xww&AN=398720&site=eds-live&scope=site&custid=s9929458
Blaxter, L., Tight, M., & Hughes, C. (2010). How to research. McGraw-Hill Education. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e000xww&AN=353622&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=s9929458
Cryer, P. (2006). The research student’s guide to success (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e000xww&AN=234191&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=s9929458
Mathukutty M. M., & Pawar, B. S. (2010). Academic writing : A guide for management students and researchers. Sage Publications. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e000xww&AN=323057&site=eds-live&scope=site&custid=s9929458
Murray, N., & Hughes, G. (2008). Writing up your university assignments and research projects : A practical handbook. McGraw-Hill Education. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e000xww&AN=234330&site=ehost-live&scope=site
O'Collins, G. (2011). A short guide to writing a thesis : what to do and what not to do. AFT Press. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=421295
Oliver, P. (2012). Succeeding with your literature review : A handbook for students. McGraw-Hill Education. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e000xww&AN=435001&site=eds-live&scope=site&custid=s9929458
Sharp, J. A., Peters, J. A., & Howard, K. (2002). The management of a student research project (3rd ed.). Routledge. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e000xww&AN=269760&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=s9929458
Looking for other online books? Go to Discovery and search there. You can restrict your search to ebooks only by using the filter
- Discovery - enables you to search multiple databases at once to find full text articles and books. Note that you can restrict to scholarly articles and use many other filters to help in your searching.
- Google Scholar - this site will show you the number of citations that an article has had. The search functionality is more basic than Discovery.
- Library databases - looking for a list of individual library databases? Go to the Library database page.
- Journals - Looking for a specific journal that is full text? Try Full Text Finder.
- Note that in order to access the Library’s online resources you will need to have an OpenAthens account. Contact the Library if you are a current student and don’t have an account.
Need help in searching?
- Contact the Library for help - we can do face to face or online tutorials
- Basic searching in Discovery
- Improving your search in Discovery
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- My EbscoHost folder - Note that you can sign using your IPU New Zealand details, however if accessing via OpenAthens you will need to sign in first to OpenAthens, and then to MyEbscoHost using Google. My Ebscohost folder can be used to store your searches and articles found using Discovery
- Need to shrink a really long URL? Try Tiny URL
- When using websites apply the CRAAP test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose). Check out these sites explaining it https://library.lsco.edu/help/web-page-rubric.pdf or https://www.scribbr.com/citing-sources/craap-test/
Try these links for helpful guides:
- Page numbering
- Table of contents
- Using breaks - page/section etc.
- Do you have pages with page numbers appearing which shouldn't be numbered? Try separating them with a section break
IPU New Zealand will be using APA 7 from 2021. The guide is available here Referencing and style guide APA 7 (0.83MB)
Note that when adding a URL for an article from a database, always look for a permalink or durable link, as the browser link may just apply to that particular web session
You may find help information in the APA blog - note that IPU New Zealand does vary a little from APA, so please check the guide
To collect your references check out these free resources:
Mendeley - store all your references in one place
Zotero - an easy-to-use tool to help you organise and cite your research
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