This eclectic list of useful resources (blogs, dissertation coaches, databases, platforms, communities, tools and applications, etc.) is a work-in-progress and we try our best to update it regularly.
If you know a useful website for graduate students, please drop us a line!
PhD Life Blog – a great blog updated regularly by the graduate students at the University of Warwick, funded by the Wolfson Research Exchange. The PhD Life Blog is about the trials, tribulations and triumph of pursuing a doctorate. There are also loads of helpful posts on how to be better skilled at, for instance, using Facebook as a research, managing an academic blog, publishing in journals and many more.
Alex’s PhD Tips Blog on Blogspot – Check out the tips of an ex-grad student (who actually finished his PhD) – these are some of best PhD Tips ever!
If you are stuck or struggle writing your dissertation, you might need a professional dissertation coach.
Finish Your Thesis – this course, offered by Dora Farkas, PhD, does what it promises, if you actively participate: it will help you finish your thesis. Highly recommended!
Dissertation 101 – Take Control of your Dissertation with Dr. Lonny Ness! Definitely recommended!
The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students – this workshop, based on the book “The seven secrets of highly successful PhD students” by Hugh Kearns and Maria Gardiner (2007) gives you short but good advice on how to master your PhD, keeping just a few important points in mind, in only 2.5 hours! The workshop’s quintessence: Researchers who know and make use of these seven secrets get through their doctorate more quickly, and just as importantly are happier, according to the Staff Development and Training Unit, Flinders University, Australia.
Finding Australian theses – Australian theses are now searchable via the National Library of Australia’s Trove service – a free repository of Australian material, including almost a million Australian theses. Part of the Australasian Digital Theses program (ADT).
EThOS – the e-theses online services provided by the British Library in London. Search over 380,000 doctoral theses. Download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily.
How to start your research career
How do I Start Building a Research Career? (for PhD Students) – How do I Start Building a Research Career? (for PhD Students) is some great, funny & handful advice by Indranil Gupta Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He tells you about how (not) to start your research career during and after your PhD studies. Definitely worth reading!
Guide for PhD students (and post-docs) aiming for a successful career in science – 29 aspects of “What makes a good PhD student?”, a short but straight-to-the-point guide, published by Prof. Thomas Reichler at the University of Utah.
Making the right move: How to build a research career in Germany, a very insightful presentation by Tricia Striano, PhD (Hunter College, New York)
Platforms and communities
Scientia Crastina – “The Science of Tomorrow” – a networking platform for young scientists, based in Sweden.
Somersault 1824 – the Number One website to get your research visualized in a highly professional manner.
Mendeley.com – Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network for students and researchers. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device. “Your research, anywhere.”
ResearchGate.net – a platform for scientists and researchers. Access research of other members, and let others find your papers. Highly recommended!
Academia.edu is the “facebook for academics”.
Tools and Apps
Zotero.org – Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. It’s a research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites. You can store anything – Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you’re looking for with just a few keystrokes.
Call for Papers
WikiCFP.com – the oldest site of its kind, has a very large and regularly updated database of CFPs.
CFPList.com – a practical search functions, such as “sort by discipline”, a calendar, a reminder of upcoming deadlines and Google Maps integration for geographic location search.
PapersInvited.com – PapersInvited calls itself the “World’s largest listing of Calls for Papers”. It provides scientists, professors, post-docs and students with publishing opportunities for their research papers. PapersInvited presents an exhaustive list of Calls for Papers issued by professional bodies, journal editors and other conference organizers across a wide range of disciplines.
Grad School should be fun 🙂
PhD Comics – if you haven’t subscribed to the famous PhD Comics via RSS yet, do it now! You won’t regret it : – )