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Keeping on track: PhD Research - struggles and how to overcome them

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Useful links

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Project planning tools/software

See these LinkedIn Learning videos for advice on software and tools suggested by other PhD students that you can use to plan and keep track of your progress on your PhD research.

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Managing and balancing your time

  • Use  the diary on your mobile phone and set alarms to keep track during experiments.
  • Use the notes/reminders apps on your mobile phone for making 'to do' lists.
  • At the end of each day write a checklist/plan in your lab book for the next day

Speed up your literature review

Looking for papers/journal articles?

Look for papers in literature databases and ask library staff if you need a recommendation on which database is best for your topic area. 

Keep-up with journal literature

Try using the alerting features in the Table of Contents services listed on our databases page to keep track of the articles featured in the latest issue.

Keep the information flowing to you

Set up alerts for new papers on your topic in WoS, Scopus, other databases or Google Scholar.

ePrints and other organisations online repositories

Open access repositories for oceanography and earth science research literature and publications

Organising your emails

Ocean and Earth Science Team at the National Oceanographic Library

Ocean and Earth Science Team at the National Oceanographic Library

Contact: send email

Telephone: 02380596116

Academic Engagement Librarians:

Karen Rolfe (Part time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

Sarah Glaccum (Part time: Monday am, Thursday, Friday)

Research Engagement Librarian:

Emma Guest