Archive for the 'Research tools' Category


Published on September 29, 2011

I thought it made sense to end this blog about being a research student with my graduation ceremony. And I started other blogs. Lots of other blogs. (Partly because I was working on a blogging project that involved setting up lots of blogs for other people.) But the official blog is too official, and the […]

Why reviewers/editors reject articles

Published on December 8, 2009

Notes from a workshop on ‘Writing for peer-reviewed journals’ run by Pat Thomson. Reasons why reviewers and editors say they reject articles: Lack of focus – saying everything, focusing on nothing, cramming too much in one article Not locating the contribution and the position – for a particular audience, in relation to wider debates. the […]

Writing for publication

Published on November 19, 2009

Researchers write all the time, writing is the means through which we work on and work out our ideas. We don’t just write up – we have not found a transparent truth which we then just put into words. Writing is a representation – we make choices and what we choose to write is a […]

Pitching your thesis

Published on October 16, 2008

Just watched a Ted Talk by David S Rose on producing a business pitch. Thought I could apply it to writing my thesis introduction. So the intro should start like a rocket, grabbing readers’ attention, and then it should take a solid, steady upward path. Start with a title, and then an attention-grabbing introduction. Give […]

Dating Plato

Published on October 6, 2008

Sometimes citations drive me crazy. Iā€™m just correcting one Plato, & Emlyn-Hughes, C. (Eds.). (2005). Early Socratic Dialogues. Harmondsworth: Penguin. Eagle-eyed readers will spot several things wrong with this citation, as my supervisors did. You may have noticed that Emlyn Hughes was probably an unlikely editor of classical philosophy. However, that example of my mind […]


Published on September 10, 2008

Now that I’m planning out the final (well, hopefully final) version of my analysis chapters, I’m going back over all my notes and checking I haven’t msised anything out. I’m now square-eyed through checking out my last three years of blog entries. Phew. I think I need to take a break before I start going […]

Things I am Ignoring

Published on June 3, 2008

A placeholder posting. I am going to file here the interesting things which I find in my data but do not include in my thesis. These can then be mentioned in my viva when I am asked ‘What next with this research?’

Mention these in the Introduction

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A placeholder posting. When writing my analysis chapters I should file the terms, theories and ideas which must be introduced at the beginning of my thesis.

It’s difficult to *ork on line

Published on May 14, 2008

I’m just reading through the epistolary interviews which I carried out last year. This technical problem still makes me laugh šŸ˜€ “I am unfortunately unable to use the letter next to q and e on the computer(keyboard problems!) (that means the letter after ‘v’ in the alphabet is going to be typed as *!! if […]

Almost comic

Published on March 18, 2008

The amount of times I change my research questions is verging on the ridiculous. Still, I will get there. I know they’re out there somewhere, waiting for me to find them. I think these ones are pretty close: Main question How is asynchronous dialogue used to build shared knowledge over time? Sub-questions How do tutors […]