School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

Resources and Links

Below is an alphabetical list of general resources, together with links. For useful individual Programme resources please see the following pages:

General

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Writing Aids and Guides

The following are links to websites that provide advice to both undergraduate and postgraduate students:

Victoria University's Student Learning Support Service

The Student Learning Support Services site includes click-on links to 'Essay Writing Skills and Study' and 'Exam Revision Skills'.

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Massey University's OWLL (Online Writing and Learning Link): Writing Skills

The 'Writing Skills' section of Massey's OWLL offers advice about the basics: spelling, punctuation, paragraphing, proofreading and presentation standards. Postgraduate students should also find the sections on 'Theses' and 'Literature Reviews' useful.

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PHinisheD

PHinisheD is 'a discussion and support group for people who cannot seem to finish their dissertations or theses.'

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'Thesis Writing' by Craig Adler

Thesis Writing defines 'thesis' and sets out clearly what a thesis should do (the author is speaking to students in the harder sciences, but most of what he says is highly relevant to writers of History theses).

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'Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation', by S Joseph Levine

S Joseph Levine wrote Writing and Presenting Your Thesis Dissertation for his students at Michigan State University, but it includes good advice for postgraduate thesis-writers anywhere. It starts with a useful table of contents, enabling you to select the sections you're interested in.

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ProQuest Digital Dissertations

As a visitor to this site, you can freely access the most current two years of citations and abstracts in the Dissertation Abstracts database. To search the entire database of more than 1.6 million titles, you will need to connect from a subscription institution. This service is currently unavailable while the Library website is being updated.