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

      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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          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
                Affiliations
                School of Computing, Ulster University, UK
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI20DC.3
                © 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
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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