Last week, we saw how to try and narrow down your topic when you feel like there is way too much literature for you to be able to deal with.
But sometimes, especially if you’re working on a big research project like a PhD, there’s not much to do in ways of narrowing down — you will have to deal with a lot of literature because you need to get familiar with everything that’s been written on your topic.
We saw that a first way to deal with huge amounts of literature is to divide and conquer: tackle one sub-topic at a time. But if you still feel like there’s too much, it’s too hard, and you’re drowning, then I would like to propose a step-by-step method to try and deal with little bits of literature at a time.
Let’s dive in.