Resources for Achieving Success


Graduate Student Advice

Handbook of Graduate Supervision from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, The University of British Columbia

APAGS Resource Guide for Ethnic Minority Graduate Students: American Psychological Association Graduate Students

Characteristics of Graduate School Superstars by D.C. Appleby, Marian College

How to be a Good Graduate Student by Marie desJardins

How to Get All Important Teaching Experience by Richard M. Reis, Chronicle of Higher Education

How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Students at a Diverse University [.pdf] from the University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Thirteen Timely Tips for More Effective Personal Time Management by Kathy Prochaska-Cue, University of Nebraska

Time IS on Your Side: Maximize Your Output to Minimize Your Stay by Mark Sincell for


Effective Research, Writing, and Presentations

Faculty Interviews providing advice on scholarly communication, UBC Okanagan

Accountability and Authorship by Kathy Barker for

An Insider's Guide to Choosing a Graduate Adviser and Research Projects in Laboratory Sciences by Marshall Lev Dermer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Choosing a Research Topic by Richard M. Reis, from the Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network

How to Be a Winner: Advice for Students Starting into Research Work by Professor André DeHon, California Institute of Technology

Writing Tips Handouts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Writing Centre

How to Organize Your Thesis by Professor John Chinneck, Carleton University

Reflections on Determining Authorship Credit and Authorship Order on Faculty-Student Collaborations from American Psychologist, 1993

The Literature Review: A Few Tips on Conducting It by Dena Taylor and Margaret Procter, of the University of Toronto

How to Write and Publish an Academic Research Paper: 101 Tips from

Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers, Copyright © 2013. American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ethical Conduct of Research

UBC Responsible Conduct of Research Course

AAAS Resource Guide for Integrity in Scientific Research

Codes of Ethics from the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions

Five Principles for Research Ethics by Deborah Smith, American Psychological Association

How to Handle Authorship Disputes: A Guide for New Researchers by Tim Albert and Elizabeth Wager, COPE Report 2003

Moral Reasoning in Scientific Research, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions

RCR Resources, Office of Research Integrity

TCPS 2—2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans


Completing the Thesis or Dissertation

Writing Your Dissertation: A Guide from the University of North Carolina Writing Center

 Guides on Preparing a Thesis or Dissertation, UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Health and Wellness Issues

Emotional Fatigue: Coping with Academic Pressure by Nick Repak

How Can I Tell What I'm Feeling Is Clinical Depression? by Joyce Kamanitz, from

UBC Wellness Centre


Grant Seeking and Grant Writing

JC Downing Foundation providing general and simple guidance on seeking grants

The Foundation Center providing detailed guidance on seeking grants:

  • User–Friendly Guide to Funding Research and Resources
  • Beginning Your Research: Nonprofit Grant Seekers
  • Online Orientation to the Grant Seeking Process
  • The Proposal Process
  • A Proposal Writing Short Course
  • Proposal Budgeting Basics
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Directory of Grantmaker Websites
  • Links to Nonprofit Resources

Intellectual Property and Copyright

UBC Intellectual Property Guide from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, The University of British Columbia

A Guide to Intellectual Property for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars [.pdf] from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies, 2005

A Guide to Protecting Intellectual Property [.pdf] from the Canadian University Intellectual Property Group (CUIPG)

A Graduate Student Case Study: BioMax and Intellectual Property from Administrators and the Responsible Conduct of Research at Boston College

NSERC Policy on Intellectual Property from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Whose Intellectual Property? A scenario by graduate student Chin Yee Ng from the Online Ethics Center at Case Western Reserve University

Copyright resources from Copyright at UBC

Copyright: UILO Primer Series from the UBC University-Industry Liaison Office

Copyright Matters: Some Key Questions and Answers for Teachers [.pdf] by Wanda Noel and Gerald Breau, Council of Ministers of Education of Canada