If you have spent any time reading advice or ‘how to’ books on writing a thesis at any level, you will almost certainly have come across some version of this concept: the ‘knowledge gap’. And you will likely have been told that you have to create a research project or study that will find knowledge … Continue reading Contributions to knowledge and the ‘knowledge gap’
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?
My last post on reading your PhD field received more attention that my last few posts have received, so I feel I have touched a chord here; reading is tricky area of PhD study that doesn't receive as much press as writing does. Actually, that's true in academia more generally - there is a lot … Continue reading Reading your way into your field: tips for navigation
I've been thinking about this issue of voice a great deal lately, partly because I lost my physical voice when I handed in my final final copy and got it back a week later when I woke up on the morning of my graduation. My best friend suggested that it was symbolic - leaving my … Continue reading Finding and expressing your PhD ‘voice’
This post is about reading (and writing), and how I try to keep track of what I read and what I think about it and why I need to include it in my writing. I went to a Doc week workshop last year at Rhodes on how to keep reading and research journals and why … Continue reading Why (and how) I keep reading and research journals