I like the idea of making an edited bibliography – a list of the most important references in your thesis’ bibliography – as a means to focus on what really matters and helps shape your work.
I like using Why-How-What – three simple starter questions – as a quick framework to explore ideas or frame a presentation.
Let’s put them together! First, create an edited bibliography, the top twenty or so references in your thesis. Consider the papers, books and sources that have helped you the most. Then, take a few minutes to explore each of these references using Why-How-What:
- Why was this reference so important?
- How does it add to the work you’ve done?
- What do you most need to remember?
What other questions or approaches could you use to explore the essential parts of your bibliography?