putting the search into research – starting the phd

Some excellent advice on searching for literature here by Professor Pat Thomson over at patthomson.net This is an excellent blog to follow for all doctoral researchers.!

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Getting through a doctorate requires a finely honed information practice. You have to become pretty good at summarising, synthesising and categorising ‘stuff’ – otherwise known as ‘the literatures’.  But you also have to keep track of what you’ve read, and you need to be able to find things again when you have to.  So scholarly information essentials such as reading and noting are underpinned by practical strategies; these  include recording, filing and retrieving the stuff.

But, you also need to be able to find the stuff in the first place. One of the information strategies developed through the doctorate is that of searching. You know, locating the stuff that is useful, and interesting (and these are not always the same thing).

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Now, when I say searching I don’t mean going to one of those big data bases and hauling out a big list. No, what I actually mean by searching is…

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