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      Six basic rules to help doctoral students pave their way through PhD research

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      Proceedings of the 33rd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (BCS HCI 2020)
      Human Computer Interaction
      6 July 2020
      Doctoral training, postgraduate education, PhD mentoring, PhD research, research methods
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            Abstract

            This paper presents six simple guidelines or rules to help doctoral researchers in their PhD studies. The six rules could be used as part of an induction to a PhD programme or as a supplement to a research mentoring programme. The six rules are as follows: 1) research something that you are naturally interested in, 2) start where you are and set yourself up for progress, 3) know the landscape before deciding where to plant a tree, 4) do not be afraid of being a polymath and at least be a philomath, 5) focus on questions, not just answers, and 6) always think about the limitations and biases in your research. I also take the opportunity to share some of my favourite maxims and quotes to help support these rules.

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            Conference
            July 2020
            July 2020
            : 15-22
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            [0001]School of Computing, Ulster University, UK
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            10.14236/ewic/HCI20DC.3
            e2a77f5e-c7fa-40ff-9e59-a7001ce7bb4a
            © Bond. Published by BCS Learning & Development. Proceedings of the BCS HCI Doctoral Consortium 2020. Keele University, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Proceedings of the 33rd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            BCS HCI 2020
            33
            Keele University, UK
            6 July 2020
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction
            History
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            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            postgraduate education,Doctoral training,research methods,PhD mentoring,PhD research

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