Weeks 173 to 176
It has been almost a month since I posted on this topic. I am sorry to all of my rabid readers. It has been a long month.
I am still here and still plugging away but it is a very slow process. As you know, I was almost ready to throw in the towel right before the last post and thankfully I am back on track.
I have had some time, some very long road trips and a lot of soul searching to see if this is the right path for me and as my doctorate coach (and friend) Richard mentioned on our call this week: I look a lot better than I did the last time we spoke.
It is that little bit of encouragement that takes me a long way.
So what have I been up to? For one, I realized that I was approaching my literature review from entirely the wrong angle and I know now why so many of my peers in the cohort are struggling.
I found this book,
A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Literature Review for Doctoral Research by Dr. Bunnie Claxton, Bunnie Loree Claxton, et al.
These authors are FROM Liberty and seem to know what they are talking about. I highly suggest anyone that is embarking on this journey to grab this text.
This guide has alleviated so much of the stress and mystery surrounding the research writing process. It is the clearest and most practical book on my huge pile of texts (I would say shelf, but we all know it is a huge pile next to my my trusty Mac Studio. I bought this book WAY late in the game and I am glad I did. It sort of makes it a good thing that I lost my entire pervious version of the lit review now.
Oh, if you are on Twitter, I highly encourage you to follow the hashtags, #AcademicChatter and #AcademicTwitter both are great threads with advice, motivation, and a very supportive community and if you wouldn’t mind, give me a follow at @robertforto and send me a tweet letting me know you found my blog helpful!
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