Day 10: Start with the most influential literature in your field

By James Hayton,
July 19, 2018
James Hayton is a former physicist, PhD coach and author of "PhD: An uncommon guide"
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Yesterday, I gave a quick tip about constructing a narrative for a literature review.When you have a mountain of literature, though, it can be hard to know where to start.Of the thousands of available papers, only a few (maybe as few as 5-10) will have had a big impact. By focusing on these groundbreaking papers and understanding;- What problem they were addressing- Why the problem needed solving- How they did the work- What they discovered or proposed- Why it was so important and influentialthen you can use that as a foundation for understanding all the incremental work that follows (because they are responding to the groundbreaking work).

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