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Library Services for Postgraduate Students
Writing Your Thesis
Thesis Information Library Guide
Essential information and advice for Postgraduates on the many stages of the thesis process, from planning to submitting.
All Otago theses and dissertations are required to be deposited in the OUR Archive. Depositors have the option to make their dissertation or thesis available in full-text.
SAGE Research Methods
A research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. The database links SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings.
SAGE Campus is a digital library product that supports the teaching and learning of skills and research methods through 280+ hours of structured online learning. Our style is self-paced and instructor-led, comprised of an engaging mix of SAGE-quality content, video, interactives, and formative assessments. Our flexible learning pathways cover tricky skills and research methods that can be applied across all stages of academic study; from undergraduates looking to critically assess information to researchers looking to report and publish their data.
= Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research. The EQUATOR Network has goals of raising awareness of the importance of good reporting of research, assisting in the development, dissemination and implementation of reporting guidelines for different types of study designs, monitoring the status of the quality of reporting of research studies in the health sciences literature, and conducting research relating to issues that impact the quality of reporting of health research studies.
Finding Conference Papers
Conferences papers are an excellent source of current research, best practices and new innovations in a research area. For a start, search the Web using the name of the conference, meeting, or symposium.
Full-text conference papers may be hard to obtain; sometimes abstracts are the only items available online. If a full paper is not available online, you could contact the author and request a copy. Also, the Library may be able to borrow or purchase published proceedings--talk to the Anatomy Subject Librarian.
Library Search | Ketu
Search for your topic and then limit to 'conference proceedings'
An article database which allows you to limit your search to conference papers.
Web of Science
Article database which allows you to search by "Conference", and limit results by "Proceedings paper".
New Otago University Physiology Research (OUR archive)
Finding Grey Literature
The term 'grey literature' is used to describe materials not published commercially or indexed by major databases. The Grey Literature In Health Library Guide discusses, and helps you find, relevant grey literature for research in health and medicine. Look through the tabs to find the information you need; General Sources, Conference Proceedings, Institutional Repositories, Clinical Trials, Guidelines and Statistics.
Finding Theses & Dissertations
OUR Archive - Anatomy
Items recently deposited in the Otago University Research (OUR) Archive from the Anatomy Department including theses and dissertations.
Search for Otago theses and dissertations by using subject terms plus the words "thesis" and "Otago," e.g. hip abductor muscles and thesis and Otago. Or, try using the Advanced Search and combining your search terms with words like 'thesis' or 'dissertation'. You also have the option to refine results by type, i.e. "theses"
Te Puna (National Library of New Zealand)
Search for theses in the collections of all New Zealand university libraries.
Find theses and other open-access research documents from NZ institutions.
Finding Open Access Resources
Open Access is a new model of scholarly communication based on the principle that research should be available freely online, for anyone to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, link to etc. There are Open Access Journals, Books, Databases and Archives.
Directory of Open Access Journals This link opens in a new window
Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.
PLOS is a nonprofit, Open Access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication
Keeping up to date with research
Most research databases allow you to create alerts that will push information to you based on a search you've set up previously. This could be a search for relevant terms/keywords, an author name or a journal specialising in your research area.
An RSS feed reader (aka a news aggregator) is an automated way to keep up-to-date with new information posted online, including news sites, blogs, podcasts, and other media channels.
To use, sign-up to a feed reader (some popular ones are listed below), and then search for content within your reader to subscribe/add it to your feed. Alternatively, when you are on a website, look for the RSS icon to add the web address or link to your reader.
Finding Research Repositories
A research repository is a place to store an institution's intellectual research outputs. Try searching these sites to find more research:
NZResearch This link opens in a new window
Research documents produced at universities, polytechnics, and other research institutions throughout New Zealand
Trove This link opens in a new window
Trove enables access to research from journal articles and papers and to Australian government sponsored working papers. It also provides access to grey literature not yet indexed by Google or Google scholar and to millions of overseas open access research articles.
Find out how many articles have cited your patent.
Check out the Patent Library Guide for information on searching for patents in databases and in patent office databases and for what support with patents is provided at the University of Otago.
Health Sciences Library Historical Collection
The Health Sciences Library has a Historical Collection located on the top floor of the Library. This collection includes a range of medical texts from the 17th to 19th centuries and the earliest copies of the NZ Medical Journal from the 19th century. Highlights include the 17th century anatomical pop-up book Pinax microcosmographicus, magnificent anatomical and surgical atlases from the 18th and 19th centuries and most editions of Gray's Anatomy, including the 1858 first edition.
More historic material from the Health Sciences Library is located at the Hocken Library and in Special Collections at the Central Library.