Remote assistance and support
Macquarie University provides Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students access to a range of online resources via iLearn and subscription-based video tutorials to help develop their academic writing skills.
Graduate Research Development iLearn unit
"How do I ...?" guides
How Do I…? Guidelines provide succinct, user-friendly advice for MQ research candidates that is consistent with best practices and MQ Policy and Procedures at the time of writing.
- State My Contribution [PDF 142KB]
- Write Like a Researcher [PDF 135KB]
- Respond to Reviewers [PDF 162KB]
- Make the Most of Conferences [PDF 149KB]
- Manage the Flood of Literature [PDF 168KB]
- Get Constructive Feedback [PDF 162KB]
- Get My Thesis Edited [PDF 126KB]
- Edit My Paper [PDF 107KB]
- Apply for PGRF [PDF 186KB]
- Make the Most of Feedback [PDF 286KB]
- Present My Research at Conferences [PDF 212KB]
- Budget My Research Project [PDF 257 KB]
A self-paced online unit
Use your Macquarie OneID to self-enrol into the Academic Literacy for Research Students online unit to access resources which will help improve your academic writing skills. While the focus of this unit is on writing in the social sciences, this content will also be useful to Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates in the humanities and sciences.
Other online resources for research candidates
- Vitae: Realising the potential of researchers: These resources provide advice and courses related to completing a PhD, supervising a PhD or working as a member of research staff.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): This site provides accessible instructions and online activities to help you improve your academic writing.
- Epigeum’s Research Skills Toolkit (RST) is a suite of comprehensive training programmes that build the knowledge and skills essential to becoming a first-class researcher. Currently available to all Macquarie University students and staff, the RST includes the following five self-directed programmes:
- Go to https://courses.epigeum.com/register and complete the registration form using your MQ email address. When asked for a token, enter 390f6223
- Check your MQ email inbox for an account activation email, and click on the link therein to activate your account.
- Once you have activated your account, log in using your chosen username and password combination. You will be shown the Epigeum programme in the My Courses screen.
- Click on a programme to see a list of available courses, and on a specific course to launch it.
To access the RST for the first time, follow these instructions:
Online video tutorials
The Macquarie University Library holds a subscription to LinkedIn Learning, a collection of thousands of "how to" video courses on all sorts of skills, many of which are useful for research candidates.
Each course is composed of several short (typically 3 to 8 minute) video tutorials, and is self paced, so you can schedule the tutorials around your research and teaching commitments.
To access LinkedIn Learning and peruse the collection of courses, visit https://www.linkedin.com/learning.
Popular courses for research candidates include: