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Q&A: Questions about The A-Z of the PhD Trajectory

I recently received the following question, which may be relevant for all readers:

Hi Eva,
I am currently done reading your wonderful book about the PhD trajectory and I have a couple of questions regarding your book; it’s about the gaps in the literature…I hope you could enlighten me about this topic…my questions are the following:

Q1) where should I analyse the literature review report so that I can derive the research question from it (is it in the Research Journal or maybe within the literature review report itself)?

Q2) and how about the ideas for the subquestions? (should I create a MS Word-document for the analysis of each idea which can contribute to a subquestion or do I just analyse and document them in the Research Journal)?

Q3) What is the difference between a research diary and a research journal?…

Thank you in advance for your help and I wish you success in your future undertakings.

Sincerely,
XX from Germany

Here’s my reply:

Dear XX,

Thanks for reaching out to me through my blog, and I’m so glad to read you liked my book!
Here are my answers to your questions:

Q1) where should I analyse the literature review report so that I can derive the research question from it (is it in the Research Journal or maybe within the literature review report itself)?

You can use your research journal to develop your ideas, and then write up the gaps you;ve identified in the literature in your literature review report itself.

Q2) and how about the ideas for the subquestions? (should I create a MS Word-document for the analysis of each idea which can contribute to a subquestion or do I just analyse and document them in the Research Journal)?

You can use your research journal to flesh out ideas, but bring everything together in a document. If you need to write and defend a proposal (as in the US system), then your proposal would be the place where you outline your research question and subquestions.

Q3) What is the difference between a research diary and a research journal?…

They are the same 🙂
Good luck with the PhD and greetings from Ecuador,
Eva

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