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An excellent post about accessing the articles you need

Today's post is written by Ben Kaube. Ben is a PhD student researching in computational materials science at Imperial College London. When not running physics simulations, Ben likes to build software tools that remove frustrations from people’s lives. In the past Ben has helped researchers evidence the wider impact of their work and provided commuters… via… Continue reading An excellent post about accessing the articles you need

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Avoiding the laundry list literature review

This is an excellent post about reviewing literature; give it a read!

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I’ve been asked to say more about the laundry list literature review.The laundry list is often called ‘He said, she said” – as one of the most usual forms of the laundry list is when most sentences start with a name. And the laundry list is a problem. It’s hard to read and not very fit for purpose.

So, what does a laundry list look like? Below is a page of a published book. It is taken from a chapter reviewing the literatures on neoliberalism in ‘the university’. It’s a laundry list. I have:

  • underlined in red the sentence where the author says what they are trying to do (you might call this a topic sentence)
  • circled the sentences that feature a scholar as the subject of the sentence.

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Now let’s see what’s going on in the writing. The second paragraph on the first page begins with the author’s intention…

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PhD advice book reviews, Part 4: “Getting a PhD in Law” by Caroline Morris and Cian Murphy

The last of the four books that I bought to help me prefer for my PhD was "Getting a PhD in Law" by Caroline Morris and Cian Murphy, 2011. Obviously the book is aimed at prospective and current law PhD students, and I wouldn't recommend it for students of other disciplines. The book covers: preparing… Continue reading PhD advice book reviews, Part 4: “Getting a PhD in Law” by Caroline Morris and Cian Murphy

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Getting ready for the PhD: which books will be coming with me?

I think I've narrowed down the books I'll be taking with me to university to the following list of 29. My other books are, of course, no longer speaking to me. I'll be doing reviews of some of the books in the near future, so if there are any that you particularly want to hear… Continue reading Getting ready for the PhD: which books will be coming with me?

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PhD advice book review, Part 2 – “The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research” by Marian Petre and Gordon Rugg (2010)

One of the PhD advice books that I bought to help me write a research proposal was "The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research", 2nd edition, by Marian Petre and Gordon Rugg, 2010. Here's a spoiler: I adore this book. As I will go through below, this book provides useful and very specific advice in all… Continue reading PhD advice book review, Part 2 – “The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research” by Marian Petre and Gordon Rugg (2010)

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PhD advice book reviews, Part 1: “PhD: an uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life” by James Hayton

When I wrote the research proposal for my PhD a few months ago, I was a little stuck. The university had an outline of the various sections to include and the word count, but I really didn't know what to actually write. Luckily, there are lots of PhD/ postgraduate writing books out there that help… Continue reading PhD advice book reviews, Part 1: “PhD: an uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life” by James Hayton

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Well done NYT, you cannot buy your way to being a bestseller!

Lani Sarem’s Handbook for Mortals was taken off the No 1 spot after fellow YA authors, sceptical of ‘a book that no one has heard of’, uncovered a pattern of strategic preordersA young adult novel has been removed from the No 1 position on the New York Times bestseller lists, after detective work worthy of… via… Continue reading Well done NYT, you cannot buy your way to being a bestseller!