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Academic advice and support

1. Approaching research
ByStan Taylor

Newly minted doctoral candidates may bring with them a host of conceptions of what research is and what it involves, but these may or may not correspond with the realities or with good practice. Where they do not, this can have serious consequences in terms of delaying research projects and/or leading to academic misconduct. So one of the key responsibilities of supervisors is to support candidates to develop an appropriate understanding of research itself, or what it involves, and of good practice in undertaking it. The present chapter then looks at how supervisors can advise candidates about conceptions of research, the process of research, academic integrity, intellectual property rights and authorship of publications.