What are you guys writing your Thesis using? My PhD was Computer Science related so everyone favoured using LaTeX
- it's quite handy for managing referencing, layouts etc. But I know a lot of people prefer using WYSIWYG editors like Word for doing things.
Mini E wrote: Trelliz wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:To the PhD sorts who have written extensive literature reviews - how do you structure them? Mine is nearly 11,000 words of rambling about various sort-of-related subjects and counting at the moment.
My supervisor said not to put in a literature review chapter on the grounds that nobody actually reads them and you end up citing the same works in the rest of the thesis anyway.
Lit review for me is absolutely integral to the thesis as it provides the rationale for the following four scientific studies. I guess there will be a huge range between subjects. Mine is likely to be 20-30,000 words.
I can't recall how long my Lit review was now (generally tried to burn from my memory the many hours I spent laboring over the whole write-up now!) but the general thrust was to establish the state of the art in my field, spend a bit of time on where work from other related fields has an impact on things, and demonstrate that the problem I'm addressing in my work is A) something which has not already been solved, and B) something which those working in the field generally agree to be a problem.
This is all bringing back such wonderful memories of the joyous time that is writing up!
To be fair I enjoyed writing the first draft, it was the revisions and re-writes which really wore me down!