Obtaining a Ph.D.
Research and Publishing
These Research Resources offer strategies for researching
and writing polished articles as well as some general sites useful for research.
Check in your disciplinary field for specific online research resources.
Resources give guidelines for formatting articles and getting them published.
Some disciplinary style guides are not available in full online: those included
here are either complete or offer fairly complete highlights.
the Dissertations page for information about publishing a lengthier project.
Advice on Research and Writing (Carnegie Mellon University)
Although targeted at computer scientists, much of this applies to other fields
Choosing a Research Topic (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Richard Reis explains what factors to consider when staking out an area of
research in the sciences.
Getting Published as a Graduate Student in the Sciences (The Chronicle of
Richard Reis offers advice about dealing with co-authorship, first authorship,
and organizing a research paper.
H-Net Discussion Networks
These discussion lists in the humanities and social sciences deal with topics
ranging from "African Expressive Culture" to "World
How to Win Acceptances by Psychology Journals (Yale)
R.J. Sternberg offers advice that applies equally to other fields in the
sciences and social humanities.
How to Write Up Your Results for Publication (Australian National
Paul Doughty focuses on the biological sciences, but his advice applies equally
to other fields in the life sciences.
Ph.D. Information (University of Queensland)
Offers suggestions for conceptualizing research, publishing, and links to other
Proquest provides access to online materials including periodicals, newspapers, and dissertations.
Allows users to visit various sites through the Qualitative
Research Ring, visit the QualPage
for links to other resources including Qualitative
Data Analysis software, and browse webpages and journals through The
Allows users to visit the Theoretical
and Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research discussion forum, find
statistics programs and sources for real data at the Quantitative
Advisor, and check Suppliers of Statistical Analysis Software
posted on The Scientist.
Research Design Explained (Clarion University)
Offers methodologies and tools for psychological research.
Academic research engine that includes translation tools and search portals for
people, quotations, maps, and more.
http://www.sagepub.co.uk/ See Sage
Publications' "Catelogue Listing" for books about qualitative and
of Writing for Social Scientists (Howard S. Becker)
An outline of Becker's suggestions for writing. Taken from his book, Writing
for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986).
American Anthropological Association
The AAA's Style Guide is a pdf file on this site.
American Psychological Association
Get information about the APA guide at the organization's site. See http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/bibliography/apa/apamenu.htm
for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's online version of the APA
American Sociological Association
preparation checklist gives highlights from the ASA Style Guide at http://www.asanet.org/pubs/notice.pdf.
Council of Biological Editors
Ohio State University offers sample online citations in CBE style.
Guidelines for Articles Reporting on Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Editors of LLT (Language, Learning and Technology) recommend these guidelines
for reporting qualitative and quantitative research in articles.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
The complete IEEE Style Guide online.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society
The IEEECS Style Guide is currently only available online.
Modern Language Association
http://www.mla.org/ Get information about the MLA guide at the organization's site under "MLA style."
See also http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/bibliography/mla/mlamenu.htm,
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's online version of the MLA guide.
Gives information about MLA, APA, Chicago, CBE, and other styles; particularly
useful for documenting online sources (websites, listserv or newsgroup postings,
Online Writing Lab (Purdue University)
Offers links to research, formatting, and documentation resources, as well as
information about professional and field-specific writing.
Publishers' Addresses (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
An alphabetical listing of publishers in the US.