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I imagine a person will have to tap into their contacts. If you have good relationship with staff in your old uni, you could ask them but probably for something specific rather than a vague request for articles on a particular topic.
Is there something specific you are looking for?
Very similar story to Smoobles and Bilbo.
I too prepared on my own, didn't have a mock viva (it was never offered, nor did I ever ask for one). At my supervisor's suggestion I requested that I give a small presentation in my viva. He communicated this request through the chair who passed it on to the internal and external examiners. I sent my supervisor a few panicky emails with hypothetical questions in the few days leading up the viva. He answered them promptly but very briefly which in hindsight was I think, his way of telling me to stop panicking and to stop trying to second guess things! The chair contacted me in good time (via email) with the location and time etc so I was kept in the loop that way.
Best of luck with it; it's a tough time as nobody quite knows how it is going to go. Every faith in you though(up)
not sure what I have to say will help but...
I suppose, on reflection, I did axial code within my different groups but ultimately what I was trying ot do was refine my original open codes by re-visiting them, comparing and contrasting time and time again. As time went on I stopped thinking of them within their different groups and treated them together. although I admit this was not a conscious decision. I finally conflated all my open codes to four main axial categories. From these I extracted a core category and then a substantive grounded theory.
In my opinion, and it is only that (!) although you may have different sub groups, it is a grounded theory of your overall study you are trying to produce - no? Also, while you can have similar codes for different groups, they may just be looking at an issue from a different perspective. If you continue to treat your groups as separate enteties throughout your thesis, it will be difficult to formulate an overall conclusion to your work I think.
I had everything in an excel file and refined, refined that way. My supervisor used GT many years before me in his PhD and said he literally printed things out and spread them out on the floor and refined them that way. I didn't use computer software so I am not sure how easy it is to work between and among groups at the same time - possibly another argument for not using software?!? I felt I was more in control of the process with my 'clunky' excel file. By the time I had finished I could genuinely claim that I knew my data!
Best of luck with it Noctu
It might be worthwhile signing up for conference alerts - while you may not actually go to the actual conference, it can 'alert' you to what's happening in your field - http://www.conferencealerts.com/
Another way to keep an eye on what's happening in your area is to sign up for alerts for journals that you may be interested in. Either search for a particular journal and sign up for an alert for every new issue and ToC OR go into the databases and sign up for the alerts that way.
Finally don't forget your subject librarian! Whatever your subject there should be a designated librarian with responsibility for your particular subject. That person should be able to point you in the direction of what's current in your area. There should also be a subject resources section in your uni's library website. There should be a list and links of update resources for your area.
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