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A guide to research

Browse the shelves at these numbers


Research methods


Thesis & dissertation requirements


Statistical research methods


Style guides


Collection of data, surveys, etc.


Rhetoric in English


Social sciences, research


Academic writing

Look in the Catalogue Opens in a new window using subjects such as these

Academic writing

Proposal writing for grants

Action research

Research grants – Australia

Dissertations, academic

Research methodology


Research – statistical methods

Qualitative research

Social sciences – research

Add the search terms 'research' or 'research methodology' to your field of study e.g. nursing research methodology

Use databases to search for journal articles, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

Library databases may be accessed at

The following should prove useful when conducting your research.

Academic research library

JCR – Journal citation reports


Libraries Australia

Australasian Digital Theses Program

ProQuest dissertations & theses

Current contents connect

Web of knowledge

Educational research abstracts online

Web of science

Index to theses in Great Britain and Ireland

To use databases effectively, refer to the "How to use" database guides available from the Information Desk and via email (see at end) for off campus learners. These guides include useful hints on effective and advanced search strategies and techniques.

Finding a thesis

Monash theses received since 1986 are included in the library catalogue. Use the key words 'Monash thesis' with your own subject eg 'nursing Monash thesis'.

Australian theses

Search the databases Libraries Australia and Australasian Digital Theses Program.

Overseas theses

Search the database Index to theses in Great Britain and Ireland for British theses and ProQuest Dissertations & theses for selected international masters theses and doctoral dissertations with an emphasis on North America.

Obtaining a non-Monash thesis

If the library does not hold the thesis you require it may be obtained though the Document Delivery Service. It is usually purchased and may take some time before you will be able to access it.

Some useful books available from the Gippsland Library are listed below.

Clare, J. & Hamilton, H. (eds) 2003, Writing research: transforming data into text, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

808.0665 C591W 2003

Cooke, B. & Wolfram Cox, J. (eds) 2005, Fundamentals of action research, Sage, London.

300.72 C772F 2005

Denholm, C. & Evans, T. (eds) 2006 Doctorates downunder: keys to successful doctoral study in Australia and New Zealand, ACER Press, Camberwell, Victoria.

378.1550993 D393D 2006

Dunleavy, P. 2003, Authoring a PhD: how to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire.

808.02 D921A 2003

Fink, A. 2005, Conducting research literature reviews: from the internet to paper,
Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, California.

001.42 F499C 2005

Lipson, C. 2005, How to write a BA thesis: a practical guide from your first ideas to your finished paper, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

808.042 L767H 2005

White, B. 2000, Dissertation skills: for business and management students, Cassell, London.

650.072 W582D 2000

Style guides and manuals available from the Gippsland library.

The Chicago manual of style, 2003, 15 th edn., University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

808.027 C532M 2003

Gibaldi, J. 1998, MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing, 2 nd edn., Modern Language Association of America, New York.

808.027 GIB

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 2001, 5 th edn., American Psychological Association, Washington DC.


A512P 2001

Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn., John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

808.02 A938.1S 2002

Research help

Useful library online tutorials may be found at and include topics such as

  • Citing and referencing
  • Finding a thesis
  • Using Endnote.


Endnoteis the bibliographic management software licensed to Monash University students and can be downloaded from the following website

Book yourself into a library Endnote class Opens in a new window

Keeping current & Alerts

In order for you to stay up-to-date with research in your area, some databases offer an alerting service. This means that you can save searches in your area of interest, and when the database is updated you will be emailed the newest records that match that search.

The Gippsland Library Subject Librarians are available for consultation.

Business & Economics ph 9902 6536

Education, Applied Sciences and Art & Design ph 9902 6483

HUMCASS and Psychology ph 9902 6493

Nursing and Information Technology ph 9902 6483

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