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Dissertation Journey: Literature Fog

Once you choose a topic, you have to find out more about it.  But the more you read, the more confused you seem to become!  There are so many directions to pursue, so many more interesting articles to read.  light through fogYou seem to lose sight of your focus, and your topic changes with each new idea you find.

How do you know when you have read enough?  When should you stop collecting more?  What do you do with the piles of information you have collected?  You are lost in the Literature Fog.

Stay Organized

The Dissertation Doctor advises that you keep the beacon on while you set off into the literature fog.  Make your literature reading purposeful.  Organize your search results and maintain your files and databases so that you don't end up with piles of materials on your living room floor.  When you stop turning up new sources in reference lists, you will know that it is time to withdraw from the library.

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Online Resources To Help with Your Literature Review


How can I find information on the Internet?
UC Berkeley Library Online Tutorial


Searching for references online: Google Scholar


Deakin University
explains why literature reviews are essential


Searcher Magazine

Tips on which search engines to use