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Thread: I don't want to divorce! But would I have to?

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19-Apr-18, 05:53
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Hi Bloop,

This is a very tricky situation to be in, but you hold all the power here. Remember that. I am a PhD student myself and something that my fellow students say to one another as a reminder (as we somehow always forget) is that this is YOUR PHD. You should be in the driving seat. You're doing most of the hard work. I agree that a nearly qualified academic may work harder to get you across the finishing line, i've seen that with my own eyes, however you would need a very experienced co-supervisor to support. I'm not sure what Australian universities are like but here in New Zealand some of my friends have 5 supervisors! I myself have three. Two very experienced supervisors and top academics in their field but also a relatively new academic who literally is by my side with everything I do. I am very lucky. Without a supportive and knowledgable team like that, i'm not sure I could confidently go on this long journey.

I've rambled a lot - but my advice to you would be not to settle. A PhD is a very daunting long road, and if you don't have a good strong team behind you, you may struggle and end up resenting the work you're doing.

Good Luck with your decision!

Thread: Help and advice needed with PhD thesis structure - Social Science

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19-Apr-18, 05:36
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Hi All,

I'm looking for some advice regarding structuring my thesis. I am in my first year and haven't started writing yet, however I am getting to that point where I feel I need to start writing (read about 100000 papers haha).

I've looked at other peoples work who have been before me in my department, however everyones structure is just so different and sometimes it doesn't make sense.

My idea was as follows:
-Introduction
- literature review
- background/location (Im a geographer so i've got a particular location/case study)
- methodology
- analysis
-discussion
-conclusion

I am doing my thesis by publication and so far I have only figured out my first paper (part of the literature chapter) - following my qualitative research, i was going to publish papers on themes.

Any comments or advice would be amazing!

Thank you

Thread: Is it worth including literature that isn’t very good in literature review?

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03-Feb-18, 00:10
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Apologies, I meant no offence - I wasn't in a very good frame of mind yesterday. On reflection, I know I shouldn't have written that.

Englishlit92 - thank you for your advice, i'm going to follow it as I don't want to waste my time reading poor texts.

Thread: Is it worth including literature that isn’t very good in literature review?

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02-Feb-18, 03:03
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Hi,

I’m currently doing a lot of reading before I start the mammoth task of starting my literature review.

However, I’ve come across some books/academics that are clearly retarded - their work is shoddy and makes no sense. Their arguments are poor and very simplistic, and sometimes very sexist. I get angry just reading some of their work.

My dilemma is - Is it worth actually noting these in my literature review? I essentially will only be putting them in there to show what rubbish has been written on my subject area. I know a review is in part a huge critique of the work.. but I’m just torn as I’d rather have more scholarly and worth while texts in my PhD.

Thank you!

Thread: Help with Academic CV

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29-Jan-18, 03:25
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Hey!

I've been asked by my supervisor to make a CV - however I only have an old one which includes all my non-academic jobs I had (working in bars, stores while at university).

I'm in my first year of PhD and I don't really have anything to put on an Academic CV.

Any advise would be great about what to include and how long it should be.
I'm a little bit embarrassed really as It'll look so bare

Thank you!

Thread: Need some advice on how to motivate oneself?

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04-Jan-18, 04:19
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I'm in the exact same position, i have only just started, i'm drowning in literature and to top it all off i've been asked to write 2 papers in the next couple of months, as well as start my research out in the field.

To be honest, at first I felt like I genuinely didn't know what i was doing and so I did nothing, I went into uni and just sat on my phone all day.

But luckily I have excellent supervisors who are highly motivated - so they've steered me into the direction of tasks ( noted above ). So my advise to you, and to myself... is to take baby steps, each day. Don't put too much pressure on yourself.

In regards to being alone, I totally sympathise - i'm from the UK but moved to NZ for my PhD, I know no one and it's very isolating - however it's like any University journey, it takes time to make friends and to find your feet. You're at the very beginning of a big journey ahead, everything isn't going to fall into place straight away. Chin up - and remember, baby steps.

Thread: Should i seek the publication of a controversial paper?

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04-Jan-18, 04:04
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I'm sorry to hear that you're in this very awkward situation, but as I understand it, Academia is a somewhat selfish arena in which you have to stand by what you believe in, even if your supervisor isn't on the same page as you.

At the end of the day, your supervisor has already got their place in this Arena and I must agree with Dunham, others will probably see the flaws in the paper ( lets be honest, academics love to draw on the negatives of a paper more than the positives) and this will more than definitely stay with you for most of your career.

Your career is just starting out, don't let it be on the foundation of a clearly stupid, unsupportive supervisor.

Thread: Advice needed on cataloging literature

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04-Jan-18, 03:50
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posted about 3 months ago
Hi!

I'm new to this forum and to the PhD world ( Only started in September 17) and unlike my MSc, as you can imagine, i'm already reading and collecting a lot more literature.

How have people found the best method to catalogue their literature?

In all honesty, what I used to do for my BA and MSc was either print out the journal article, or make notes in a note book if it was a book (obviously i couldn't print out the entire book). As for my bibliography I used to just add to it as I went. 4 months into my PhD and well ahead with my literature reading, I'm feeling this method may not be sustainable - thus I have been looking at other options, but i'm still stuck at which is potentially the best.

What have others found that work well?

Several other students I have spoken with have adopted the use of Mendeley and Endnote, however i'm not sure if this would suit me.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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