Resources & Tools

Below you’ll find resources and tools to support your on-going professional development. Access these at any time from anywhere!

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Career planning tools

Humanities and social sciences
ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Register for a free account to gain full access.

Hosted by Science Careers, myIDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences. Register for a free account to gain access.

ChemIDP is an individual development planning tool designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the chemical sciences plan and prepare for rewarding careers. Create a free account to get started.

Language and literature
The following tools have been developed to help doctoral students of language and literature explore a broad range of rewarding careers inside and outside the academy.

Career exploration & advice

Beyond academia
PostAc® is a new kind of job searching engine specifically for PhD students and graduates. This demo version uses historical job ads to help you explore your career options: before, during, and after you have finished studying.

Science Careers and Nature Careers are great resources for career information and advice for PhDs in the sciences.

Language and literature
Connected Academics has been developed to prepare doctoral students of language and literature for a variety of careers. Their site features career information, advice, and resources for humanities PhDs.

Job simulations
InterSECT is an online platform that allows PhD-level scientists and humanists, regardless of professional stage, to explore future career options.

Business concepts for life scientists
Developed by iBiology and hosted on the OPENedX platform, this online course is designed for graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty who wish to gain a basic understanding of business fundamentals.

Supporting your academic career

ChronicleVitae is an online career hub including articles, guides, and free online tutorials to support your academic job search.

Academic news and information
The career advice sections of the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed include insights and tools across a range of topics to help academics and professionals in higher education succeed.

Research support

Planning your scientific journey
Developed by iBiology and hosted on the OPENedX platform, this online course offers concrete tools and practical advice to help you navigate the most challenging aspects of developing and planning a research project.

Researcher Academy
The Elsevier Researcher Academy is an entirely free e-learning platform designed to unlock the potential of early and mid-career researchers. Covers a range of topics on funding, managing research data, writing, publication, navigating peer review, and communicating your research.

Research integrity
All staff, students and affiliates of the University of Adelaide who are involved in research practice associated with the University should be familiar with and must comply with: the University of Adelaide's Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007). Further information.

Statistics for Research Students

This book, available free from the Open Textbook Library, aims to help you understand and navigate statistical concepts and the main types of statistical analyses essential for research students. Available for download here.

What's the Problem Represented to be?
Developed by the University of Adelaide's Professor Carol Bacchi, the WPR - or What's the Problem Represented to be?- approach assists researchers to develop & organise research projects through positing six interlinked questions that foster an enhanced critical engagement with a topic. Access the streamed HD videos, and supplementary text documents, of a five hour workshop run by Carol early in 2014 here.


Coffee as a supervisory technique
Can having coffee with your students be considered a supervisory technique? Dr Susan Hemer (Discipline of Anthropology) takes us through the pros and cons in this thoughtful short review, developed for the Exploring Supervision program in 2009.

Cross-cultural Supervision
The complexities of supervision in cross-cultural contexts are illustrated and analysed through a series of resources prepared by Homewood et al (2010). The resources include: short video clips; written scenarios; strategies; a readiness checklist; and an annotated bibliography. View the resources on the Macquarie University website.

Expectations in Supervision
An expectations questionnaire can be a useful means of seeing what level of agreement or difference there might be between your understandings of how the research degree program will unfold and the understandings of your students. We encourage you to use this template developed for use at the University of Adelaide and to customise it for your own purposes.

Thesis Topic Selection Tool
Andrew Rosser (Discipline of Anthropology) has devised a tool to assist research students and their supervisors in selecting a dissertation topic. Download the PDF or Powerpoint.


Editing Assistance
The Register of External Editors is a list of professional editors that have been recommended by University of Adelaide academic staff, or who have been accredited by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

Plagiarism and iThenticate
The University has a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism amongst researchers and HDR students. iThenticate can be used by Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and supervisors as a tool to check the originality of work and assist with the prevention of plagiarism. Find out more about iThenticate

Text Analysis
We are pleased to provide - as a free download - our powerful and intuitive concordancing tool AdTAT (Adelaide Text Analysis Tool). Visit the AdTAT page for more information and to download.