Category Archives: Academia

5 free ways around the great paywall of academia.

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If you do not have subscription access to academic journals through an institution then to access a large proportion of academic journals you will be charged a fee for each paper; fees of $30 or more per article are common. And if you need to access a lot of papers then the cost quickly adds up. Needless to  say many people don’t have the means to pay. Of course you could stick to open access journals i.e. free to read and download (Head to the directory of Open Access Journals for easy access to a whole range of open access journals), but by doing so you will miss a lot of what’s happening in the academic world*.

If you can’t afford to pay then you have a few options to get around the paywalls.

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The Stand: Why are we scared to go in the water?

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“The chances of falling victim to a shark attack are incredibly slim, yet these majestic creatures represent one of mankind’s greatest fears. In a world where every shark encounter is front page news, can we fight back against this distorted perception?”

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Honours and post-grad funding list (for ecology research) Updated!

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This is an updated version of what has been one of our most read blog post. There are new grants added, details updated ands its now in date order so its easier to see which ones are close to submission date. It does have an Australian focus but there are some international ones as well, we hope to add to those down the track.
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Make your assignment marker happy

While I am reblogging things; I have been meaning to reblog this post of Martins for a while. He has written a useful little document (that you can download) outlining many of the basic grammar and formatting mistakes that students make in their reports (and that apparently make him miserable haha). Lets be honest, I made a few of the mistakes as well so I found it quite useful myself but perhaps its best use is being passed onto undergrads when you are going mark their work ;). I’ll let Martin do the rest of the talking…

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The dreaded red pen. The dreaded red pen. An example of a very frustrated marker. I hope my feedback was a little less personal (this is NOT a picture of my marking). 

Recently I’ve been marking for some second and third year biology classes. I’ve been a little shocked at the quality of the work the students have been presenting. I found myself wondering whether I was marking them too hard? However, I soon came to the conclusion that this was not the case.

One of the classes is a third year class and some of these students are on the cusp of completing a Bachelor of Science without knowing whether to use “two”, “to” or “too”. It’s a scary thought. I would like to think that these students wouldn’t be able to complete their degrees with such appalling spelling and grammar, but let’s face it, they’ve made it through to the final semester of their undergraduate degrees…

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