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The PhD & Library Scrutiny: Introduction

Tools and tips offered towards understanding the Library's role in the PhD thesis process at the UWI St Augustine Campus

Some PhD humour

"Piled Higher and Deeper" (PhD) is the comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in academia. It pokes fun at grad students, research and procrastination. Creator, Jorge Cham got his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, and was a full-time Instructor and researcher at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 2003-2005.

Online Phd

At Online_PhD, you will find a broad range of topics that include logistical issues as well as personal social advice. Here you will learn what it really means to get your PhD, while we help you out every step of the way.


A theses is a treatise prepared for the award of a research degree. It provides useful research content that may not be available on the internet or published as a book or an article.

This guide includes:

  • Guidance on how to find and use theses
  • An outline of the Library's role with regard to thesis scrutiny
  • Citation conventions, student policies and links to style guides
  • Further readings available at the St Augustine Campus Libraries.

The tabs above take you to pages addressing each of these issues as well as instructions on using available tools, resources and books for the completion of a PhD thesis. Kindly contact any Librarian in the UWI Campus Libraries for more guidance.

Please share with me the usefulness of this guide in the feedback space to the left, Thank you!

16 April 2012

Write a PhD thesis in record time and keep your sanity while you do it

A three part you-tube video given at the University of Nottingham, author of "The Three Month Thesis", James Hayton, introduces some of the basic concepts and techniques needed to get a PhD thesis written quickly, while minimising the stress involved, taking techniques of professional writers, sports coaches, marketing and time management gurus.

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