literature review hq Ben nametagFor a moment, if you can imagine me 6 months before I was due to hand in my doctoral thesis. I had spent my entire PhD collecting data. Discussing and writing about hypotheses and results. Learning more and more about my field. I was preparing to write my thesis and I knew all about data analysis and discussion. I’d been practicing for years. Then came the literature review…

I realised that I had spent none of my time during my PhD reviewing the literature! This sounds like an outrageous statement but it’s actually true for most people. Sure, I read articles, I skimmed abstracts but I never got to grips with the literature in a useful way. I never truly understood the literature in my field or how to synthesise this literature into a logical and critical review. It was in for a very steep learning curve…

But learn I did. Lots of trial and error later and I found a bunch of techniques that really helped me on my long literature review journey. Those techniques are what this blog is all about. I want to help you to overcome the exact hurdles that I did, but without having to go through all of the trial and error first.

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