Life, Phd

Week two of the PhD: the fun begins

I'm now into my second week of my PhD; and there has been an information overload! There have been so many new log-in details, names, room numbers and IT systems that my head has been constantly spinning. And, most significantly, I have made friends and am no longer sat by myself being weird in the… Continue reading Week two of the PhD: the fun begins

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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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Getting ready for the PhD: stationery mini-haul!

For those of you who cannot resist buying more stationery whenever you see it - even though you have a pile of blank notebooks at home waiting to be used - I hope you enjoy my stationery mini-haul! I adore these notebooks that I picked up in Paperchase; and had to restrain myself from buying… Continue reading Getting ready for the PhD: stationery mini-haul!

Books, Phd

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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Check out my blog post “How I (Eventually) Won a PhD Studentship – and How You can Boost Your Chances of Success” on www.findaphd.com

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

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PhD advice book reviews, Part 3: “How to write a thesis” by Rowena Murray

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

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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