Today, is alomst the end of September and, as for me it is high time to start to organize what I have already found on my topic into some parts of my future literature review!
Thesis writing is not an easy thing to do. Even if you think that you have decided to study this or that problem, sometimes you find it difficult to find appropriate literature on the theme you have chosen. Such thing happened to me. Starting my way in researching Giftedness and some of its subtopics I faced the problem that there are not so many researches done on my focus of this problem. Having understood that I can’t find credible literature on my research focus I started just to read the literature connected with the topic Giftedness. After about the 10th article I had read I came to the problem that made me really passionate to search and research it. I understood that I, finally, found the topic I want to study.
At the moment I am thinking on some ideas how to organize my literature review part. And the conclusion I draw is that the more literature you have the more ideas appear. That is why I made some codes (or parts) how I’m going to study the resources I found. The table for the literature review (provided by my supervisor), which shows the most suitable way of organizing the main ideas on what you read is a really good tool in order not to forget and keep in mind the papers you already read and analyzed.
So, at the moment, I am researching the information and taking notes on main ideas provided in those resources. I also try to make some correlations between the article I read and the “codes” I created.
As for resources, I can say that the NU library databases are really great for finding different articles and even books to explore my new topic, and sometimes I use google scholar, which is also as helpful as NU databases.
However, I didn’t start writing the literature review as a chapter of thesis yet, as I consider that there are still not enough literature articles explored on the topic.