Don’t bury yourself

Don’t bury yourself

Calling postgraduate students: this may be the time of year you are contemplating your literature review (LR) and are faced with a pile of reading work ahead.

You can feel your creativity and imaginative juices flowing but yet you are overwhelmed whilst buried under a pile of articles and books.

I know an LR is challenging but using some simple techniques may decrease your stress levels and alleviate some pain. For example:

(1) scan read each article to determine whether it’s appropriate
(2) use simple categorisation and storage methods
(3) ask a librarian for help using your constructs and string searches (4) create your LR table of contents to use as a framework

Plus, head over to my website (address in comments) to sign up for my monthly newsletter – The Thesis Life Bulletin. The next publication will be available on 1 March and addresses tips and techniques for managing the LR process more effectively.