Resources for project students

Here is a collection of useful links for undergraduate project students (and postgraduates). Know of something else? Let me know!


The University of Hull Skills Team (lots of guides to all aspects of academic work)


The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour’s guidelines for the ethical treatment of animals in research

Writing reports

Writing scientific papers generally

On why you can never ‘prove’ your hypothesis (unless you are a mathematician)

On structuring your paragraphs. Remember also: Point-Evidence-Explain

Ten words you need to stop misspelling, from the Oatmeal

Don’t torture your readers: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Reporting your methods and results (don’t be put off by the fact this is about meta-analyses – it’s all good practice anyway. Look at figure 1 for a quick ‘how to’ guide).

Writing your results section (some regular feedback to my project students)

Writing your discussion (some more tips I email to my project students every year)

Writing your introduction (even more tips from me)


Introduction to referencing from the University of Hull

Harvard referencing guide from the University of Hull


R video podcasts by Andrew Jackson (@yodacomplex) from Trinity College Dublin

Displaying data

Ten Simple Rules for Better Figures (Rougier et al. 2014), from PLOS Computational Biology’s Ten Simple Rules series.

Picking a colour scale for scientific graphics, including attractive colour palettes and thinking about accessibility for people with colourblindness

Part 1 of a 6-part series (links to the rest at the bottom of the post) on using colour to display data, from NASA’s Earth Observatory

A compendium of clean graphs: lots of examples of different types of figures in R, with code

Colors in R: a long list of what R calls different colours, handy for making figures look pretty.

Designing posters

Better posters

Other useful things

Keeping up with the scientific literature: lots of ideas for starting new research and keeping on top of the research you are interested in (this may be more useful for postgraduate students)