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Getting started

Welcome to the Library Guide for writing and submitting your thesis at Bond University.

The Library offers a range of services to help Higher Degree Research (HDR) students find, use and manage information effectively.

Note: The term 'thesis' is used throughout this guide, but the information provided is also relevant for an exegesis.

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Information Research Skills

  • Librarians help you create an effective search strategy for your topic and can advise effective techniques for searching online databases and other sources.
  • The Library has print and online resources. Staff and students can request items from other libraries via Library Search.
    • You are encouraged to recommend material to add to the Library’s collection to support your research. Discuss this with your faculty librarian.
  • Library Services can assist with another important aspect of your research - data management. Email queries to and read the Research Data Management guide.

Learning how to use bibliographic software may save you time by simplifying storage, discovery and citing your references. Contact your faculty librarian about training and support in using EndNote and Refworks.

Copyright information 

  • Copyright compliance is essential. 
    • Use this guide, and the HDR Handbook (available in the iLearn HDR Community site) for guidance.
    • Attend the HDR Managing Knowledge Library training to learn about copyright management in your thesis.

Students own the copyright in their thesis but must obtain permission to use any third-party copyright material included in it. This ensures the final thesis is copyright compliant when submitted to the Library.


Open Access

Higher Degree and Masters theses are available on the University's Open Access Research Portal.

There are many advantages of open access to Bond University higher degree theses including:

  • Improved access to full-text of theses by the students and staff of the University anywhere, anytime
  • Maximum use of higher degree theses as an information resource to support teaching, learning and research activities of the University Community
  • Promotion of research output of the higher degree graduates of the University, nationally and internationally
  • Enhanced preservation of higher degree theses by ensuring they are archived in electronic format
  • Enhanced access to and use of multimedia created as part of higher degree thesis
  • Promotion of Bond University graduates by ensuring maximum exposure to their research