Archaeology, Studying, Writing

Tips for submitting the thesis

The process of submitting your thesis in hard copy for the viva exam is often not particularly high on the list of worries towards the end of the write-up. If you're pushed for time, you're likely more concerned about finishing and polishing the conclusion, or receiving those last-minute comments and corrections from supervisors. However, the… Continue reading Tips for submitting the thesis

Archaeology, Archaeology Conferences, Studying, Writing

Tips on writing an abstract for a conference paper

Presenting at conferences is an important part of entering academic society, and grad students are usually encouraged to present their PhD work at least once to a major conference. But before you even get to the stress of writing a presentation, you have to be successful in the scrum that is abstract submission. Considering the… Continue reading Tips on writing an abstract for a conference paper

Archaeology, Archaeology Conferences, Archaeology Research, Writing

How to produce an academic poster: someone elses’s good opinions!

A few months back I produced a couple of posters for an international conference, and you lot were kind enough to offer lots of suggestions etc., which was really helpful. I did a lot of research on the internet - they don't do classes in that kind of stuff at university, that would be too… Continue reading How to produce an academic poster: someone elses’s good opinions!

Archaeology, Archaeology Research, Reading, Writing

Literature Reviews

So in my continuing quest to better understand the literature review process, I've been reading Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates by Wallace and Wray (2006). I'm not going to do a review, but suffice to say it's a good book. It's actually pretty complex, and delivers more than the title might promise. I'm still… Continue reading Literature Reviews

Archaeology, Archaeology Research, Reading, Research, Writing

How to do a Literature Review – Lectures on YouTube

I don't know why I was surprised to find so many videos about how to do literature reviews on YouTube. Following my first year review, I'm having to focus on this so I thought I'd see what other people have to say. I, like many graduate students, hate doing literature reviews. From what I've noted… Continue reading How to do a Literature Review – Lectures on YouTube

Reading, Research, Writing

Zotero reference manager

So, I've been using the Zotero add-in for Firefox for my bibliographic and referencing needs for a couple of months now, and I can safely say it is AWESOME. I don't quite understand how EndNote and Reference Manager can survive when faced by the pure amazingness that is Zotero. Essentially, Zotero is an add-in for… Continue reading Zotero reference manager