Research Writing

We run a series of workshops on various aspects of research writing:

The Literature Review

How do you identify the most relevant texts and literature for your literature review? How do you guard against the pitfalls of trying to ‘read it all’, and understand how to construct an interesting and coherent literature review of an academic standard? These are some of the issues addressed through the literature review session.

Below you can find more information about the session relevant to your field of study:

The Literature Review (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences)

The Literature Review (Physical, Natural and Medical Sciences)

A list of useful books on writing a literature review .
Library guidance on planning your literature search.

The Kick Start your Literature Review online tutorial (watch in browser) will guide you through the literature review process and help you get started with your literature review as part of your probation report. You will find the downloadable attachments useful in this task ( click on the paper clip icon on the navigation bar.

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Fine-tuning your Research Questions

The Fine-tuning your Research Questions session explores the value and use of research questions, outlines some simple techniques to fine-tune and evaluate them, and offers some hands-on practice in reformulating your research questions.

Introduction to Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is a cornerstone of doctoral study, but what does this mean for you in practice? What if you’re new to doctoral study and don’t think you know enough to be critical yet? And what if your supervisor advises you to be more critical but you’re not sure what this means in practice?

A list of useful articles and books on developing critical thinking.

Finding your Academic Voice

What is your ‘academic voice’ in your thesis? How do you locate yourself in the literature, and rally evidence to make some assertions of your own? What are the conceptual tools and the language for expressing your academic voice?

A list of useful books and websites on academic writing.

Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals

The Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals session explores the importance of publishing your research in peer-reviewed journals, as well as developing a publishing strategy, negotiating the world of open access, and looking inside the black box of the peer-review process.

Structuring and Writing Your Thesis

The Structuring and Writing Your Thesis session covers the University of Leicester's thesis and submission regulations, and the development of a coherent structure for your thesis. We will consider a number of writing techniques for making a start on the thesis, and also discuss how to write for your examiners. There will be a number of opportunities to practise these skills during the session.

A list of useful books and websites on thesis writing.

Editing and Finishing the PhD Thesis

The Editing and Finishing the PhD Thesis session will provide information regarding different editing techniques and strategies and information regarding the submission and post-submission processes. It will give students the opportunity to plan out the steps needed to finish their thesis and the chance to ask any questions regarding editing and submission processes.

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Research Essentials Online

Research Essentials Online
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