Showing posts with label online tutorial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online tutorial. Show all posts

13 March 2017

Stay ahead with Research and Learning Online

Want to get the best marks for your assignments? Worried you might not know how to write an academic essay or a lab report? Never fear! Check the tips in this article.

At Monash, you are independently managing your own learning. Arm yourself early on with the necessary skills to achieve your learning goals by using our online modules. Designed to help you keep on top of your studies, the modules have strategies, advice and examples of writing in subject areas.

Our learning skills advisers and librarians have been hard at work creating tutorials, guides and activities for the Research and Learning Online (RLO) website, providing you with the tools you need to stay ahead of the game.

These RLO e-learning materials cover effective study strategies including note taking in lectures, reading critically, and how best to tackle your labs to get the most out of them. There’s advice on brainstorming for assignments, thinking critically, communicating clearly and which citing and referencing method you’ll need. They also have heaps of tips on how to write academically, manage your time, and approach your exams with confidence.

See? We’ve got you covered.

Stuck on that BusEco essay? No worries! There’s a sample assignment for that for you to refer to, with lecturer’s comments and activities to enhance your understanding. There are guides for whichever field you’re in, with detailed instructions and advice.

For research and postgraduate students, there’s plenty of information about how to manage your research process, the trick to writing a great proposal, navigating copyright and demystifying the peer review process.

And the best part? It’s totally free, and accessible by you around the clock! Just visit and find the help you need. Don’t forget that if you have any questions about your assignment or need some clarification, our learning skills advisers and librarians are available at our drop-in sessions.

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15 April 2015

A closer look at "peer review"

Your lecturer asks you to reference only peer-reviewed articles for your assignment. What does this mean and how do you go about finding these types of articles?.... by Paula Todd

First understand what it means.
One definition of peer review states that it is “a process by which a scholarly work (such as a paper or a research proposal) is checked by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meets the necessary standards before it is published or accepted”.

How "peer review" works.
After an article has been submitted to a publisher, the editor of the publication sends it to two or three reviewers (in other words ‘peers’ who are experts in the same field) who then provide feedback on the article. This may result in it being sent back to the authors for further revision before the process starts again, or the article is rejected. Once an article meets the editorial standards it is accepted for publication. See the University of Berkeley "Understanding Science" site for a flow chart and explanation of the peer review process.

Why does it matter?
The peer review process means that reviewed articles are considered more reliable as academic sources as they have been read and evaluated by experts in the field prior to publication. This ensures that the research reported in the article has been checked for any bias or errors. The integrity of the reported research means that this can inform other interested readers or researchers of new developments in the field and enhance or update the body of knowledge on a topic.

Types of peer review:
Blind – reviewers are anonymous
Double blind – both reviewer and author are anonymous
Open review – both reviewers and authors are known.
See also publisher site for definitions.

How to tell when something is peer reviewed.
Some Library databases  have an additional limit button for peer reviewed articles which may also be listed as academic or scholarly depending on the discipline. If you are not sure whether a journal has a peer review process, then the Library also has a database called Ulrichsweb: global serials directory.  Just put in the title of the journal you want to check and look for the refereed symbol (looks like a small graduation gown) in the third column.

Check your understanding of peer review by trying this Library tutorial.

Image: AJC under CC licence 2.0

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19 March 2015

Citing and referencing

New students can sometimes become very anxious about citing and referencing, what it all means and how to get help. The Library has a number of resources and people to help you, so don’t worry and start reading!...... By Cassandra Freeman

Following the right path

It’s never ok to try and pass someone else’s work off as your own, like copying and pasting text from a random page on the internet into your essay and claiming you wrote it. This will be viewed as plagiarism. Your unit guide will state you need to cite and reference all of the ideas and theories you have used to write your assignment tasks.

Academic Integrity

Monash University has very strict guidelines and policies about the expectations they place on their students and staff when it comes to acknowledging the work of others in your written research. So make sure you spend some time working through the Monash Academic Integrity online modules to ensure you understand.

How do I know if I am doing it the right way? 

Most new students to university have had some experience of having to create a reference list at the end of an essay or report but are not familiar with the extensive rules required when citing and referencing. The further you go in your studies the better you will become at academic writing and being able to incorporate thoughts and ideas of other academic writers with your own ideas and arguments.

  • Each time you refer to a theory you have read about or mention a study that perhaps supports your idea or argument, you must include abbreviated information about who wrote it and where and when. This is called a citation. 
  • A full reference list or bibliography is included at the end which gives the complete details of the author and title of the work and year. 
  • Citing and referencing can show how widely you have read and researched your topic and enables anyone reading your paper to find the actual authors and studies you have cited.
Feeling confused and mystified about what it all means? Then you should definitely complete the Library Demystifying Citing and Referencing online tutorial.

Your unit guide will also state you will need to follow a particular style of citing and referencing.

What’s your style?

So you go to get citing and referencing help from a Librarian or Learning Skills adviser at the Research and Learning point at your campus library and they ask you, “So what is your style?” You think street style maybe? Skater? Prepster?

More like Chicago, APA, or Harvard. Depending on the faculty you are studying in, you will be required to follow the rules of a certain style when citing and referencing. The Monash Citing and Referencing Library Guide will help you to find your faculty style and examples of how citations and reference lists should look.

 So remember to always follow the right path and you will never lose your way!

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19 January 2015

Learning about academic integrity

The Academic Integrity online tutorial is available to assist students in developing the knowledge and skills required for good academic practice...By Heidi Binghay

As a student, you need to learn and adhere to the ethical principles relating to your use of ideas, knowledge and information. 

The Academic Integrity interactive modules set is an important part of the implementation of the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures at Monash.

You will appreciate how the concept of academic integrity is connected with the real world through case study examples. As an interactive online tutorial, you will THINK and DO rather than just read.

When you go through the modules, you will get:
  • an overview of the main principles of academic integrity;
  • ways to develop skills to ensure integrity in your academic work;
  • information on plagiarism, collusion and academic misconduct.

The Library encourages you to complete the online modules. Academic integrity is a set of skills you can take with you beyond university into your future employment and career.

You can access the online modules in the Library Resources block within Moodle and on the Library website.

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