Monthly Archives: February 2012

beginning the literature review: the art of scan-reading

It’s important at the start of a piece of research to try to get a sense of the field – to establish the kinds of articles and books that are going to be useful. This is often a particularly hard … Continue reading

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why doctoral researchers should go to the modern art museum

Really?? Why should early career researchers bother themselves with contemporary arts? Well, the answer could be to hold better conversations at dinner parties, or to help the team at the pub quiz. Or it could be to help the stroppy … Continue reading

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why it is helpful to read ‘out of your area’

Here’s a somewhat round-about explanation of this assertion… Bear with me through what might seem like a long way to get to an answer. Once upon a time, when I was studying for a PhD, I joined a reading group. … Continue reading

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grammar, the apostrophe and me

The title gives it away, right? I’m a grammar liberal, not a conservative. I prefer my sentences to sound more like talk. In my book(s), even academic writing can break syntactical rules sometimes. It’s all in the interests of readability … Continue reading

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