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Research Digest August edition


What's on

11 August: Five rules of grant club. Register here.

17 August: Speedy note taking for the literature review and beyond. Register here.

24 August: Official welcome to the ANU research community. Register here.

25 August: Start your research career with an ORCiD. Register here.

26 August: What do thesis examiners really want? Register here.

26 August: How to survive your PhD (10-week online course). Register here.

1 September: Spring clean your writing. Register here.

10 and 17 September: NVivo training (cost $180). Register here.

22 and 29 September: NVivo training (cost $180). Register here.

16 September: The ANU Three Minute Thesis Competition final. Register here.

21 September: The Thesis Whisperer's top tips for starting your research project. Register here.

From the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training

Welcome to new students joining ANU midyear. 52 new PhD and research Masters students recently arrived in chilly Canberra to start their research. I met some of you at Orientation and at PARSA social events during the week but extend a warm welcome to all those I haven't yet met. I hope to see you at a welcome or induction event soon. The next official welcome to the ANU research community is on 24 August (see registration link above) and there are others to follow. There will be introductory events in your Colleges too so do take part. Meanwhile I hope you settle in quickly. One of the first things to do is have a meeting with your supervisor and discuss your expectations and theirs. It's really important to understand clearly what each of you is anticipating in your work together. Supervisors will all have their own ways of supporting your research and it's not impolite to ask how they like to supervise and what they expect you to do – it's crucial.

Stat chat

Statistics training online!

Don't hesitate to register for these free courses on statistical methods for researchers. The Statistical Consulting Unit moderates three online statistics courses designed for research students and ANU staff who would like to refresh their skills and knowledge of statistical analysis. These courses are: Introduction to Statistics, Experimental Design and Introduction to Statistical Modelling. Course registration is open throughout the academic year. The e-textbook is supplemented with hands-on examples, exercises and quizzes. Each course takes on average about 30 hours to complete. Register here.

Other opportunities

5 August: Climate Café! The world's increasing emissions: how economics can help reduce them. More information here.

30 August: Watch the runners-up from the College 3MT competitions compete for cash prizes at Open Day. More information here.

1 September: National Library of Australia presents... Public Shaming with Jon Ronson. More information here.

Applications close 30 September: Know someone who is considering doing a Masters or PhD? Let them know about the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships, which are worth up to $120,000 each. More information here.

ANU Learning Communities! Get involved in important conversations on Campus. More information here.

From the Library

Sherpa/Romeo lookup feature available in Digital Collections

The latest feature integration lets you identify what version of your journal article a publisher will allow you to upload to the repository, in keeping with publisher copyright policies and restrictions. More information here.

Using ORCiD for your research identity session – 12.30pm 25 August

If you would like help registering for an ORCiD, or have any questions about unique research identifiers, register to attend the Library's final free sign-up session.

Resource spotlight – Philosophy journals and resources

Did you know the ANU Library subscribes to a wide range of important Philosophy journals, such as Radical Philosophy and Revue de métaphysique et de morale? View a complete list of full-text online philosophy journals and other philosophy resources via the Library website.

Free training!

Let the Information Literacy Program show you how digital tools can support your research and increase your efficiency. Learn how to create long documents, including theses, in MS Word; manage references with EndNote, search scholarly information sources and more. Check the online training calendar for upcoming sessions.

Chifley Level 2 open 24 x 7

Need to write, reflect or study? Don't forget Chifley Library Level 2 is open 24 x 7 every day that the University is open.

New ANU Press title

Change! Combining Analytic Approaches with Street Wisdom, edited by Gabriele Bammer. Change happens all the time, so why is driving particular change generally so hard? Why are the outcomes often unpredictable? Are some types of change easier to achieve than others? Are some techniques for achieving change more effective than others? How can change that is already in train be stopped or deflected? The purpose of this book is to begin the task of developing a comprehensive approach to change by gathering a variety of viewpoints from the academic and practice worlds.

From the Thesis Whisperer's blog

How to survive your PhD – a free course

Succeeding as a 'non traditional' student

Single-parenting through a PhD


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