I will be moving down to Bournemouth to start my PhD in two days. I should be packing right now, but every time I pick up my suitcase to start, I just can't get going. The task of packing is making this all very real, in both good and bad ways. For me, moving to… Continue reading The nerves start to kick in – 2 days until the move to university
This is an excellent post about reviewing literature; give it a read!
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.
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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If you're interested in reading about how I got accepted onto a PhD Studentship and my advice if you're considering applying to a PhD Studenstship, please read my guest blog post at: https://www.findaphd.com/advice/blog/blog-post.aspx?bpid=2473
When I bought this book I knew that its focus was solely on the thesis-writing process, so I wasn't surprised that there wasn't a section on drafting a research proposal. "How to write a thesis" 3rd edition by Rowena Murray, 2011 is therefore aimed at current PhD students as opposed to prospective students. The book… Continue reading PhD advice book reviews, Part 3: “How to write a thesis” by Rowena Murray
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)
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