Over the course of the PhD you have to read a lot. After having written an initial literature review, you keep reading and reading throughout your project. And when you’re done with your field or library work, and analysed your data, you begin to write the final text, well a thesis first draft. This is the point at which you often have to go back to the initial literatures that you read. But it was so long ago. Can you remember what that book was about? Not all of it?
Does this mean that you have to read some of the same things all over again?
Well possibly. But possibly not – not if you made good summaries of the key texts the first time you read them.
Summary is at the very heart of dealing with academic literatures. It is the first step that you take when you…
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