I facilitated a writing retreat last week, and in the course of a one-on-one consultation I mentioned how useful The Conversation would be as a resource for a writer's developing paper. He had no idea what I was talking about. So, we looked it up and he was really excited at having shorter, but well-regarded … Continue reading New academic wikipedias? On finding cool, accessible reading and resources
This post reflects on the affordances and challenges of creating an annotated bibliography as a way in to scoping your field, and drafting your literature review, whether for a paper or a postgraduate thesis. I am working on a project with 3 colleagues at the moment, the first part of which is writing a literature … Continue reading Annotated bibliography to literature review: a way in?
Reading: it's a tough subject for postgraduate students. I have written here, here, and here about reading - how much to read, what to read, how to find reading you need to do. In this post I want to think a bit about strategic reading: reading to fill certain gaps in your writing, or to … Continue reading Strategic reading: filling gaps in your writing
Literature reviews are the one section of a PhD thesis, article or undergraduate assignment that strike fear into the hearts of even the most confident of students. Why are we so terrified of them? Reams of writing, many blogs and online advice pages, and hours of anxiety are devoted to literature reviews - the writing, … Continue reading Literature review or ‘contextual framework’?
One of the most unpleasant surprises, getting into writing papers based on or even largely out of my thesis, has been how much reading I still have to be doing, in spite of having done a great deal already for the actual PhD. I feel I should not be as surprised as I have been: … Continue reading Finding what you need to read: Is it really elementary, my dear Sherlock?