wb3060 Posted August 12, 2015 Share Posted August 12, 2015 (edited) I have completed my first year in a PhD program (in the social sciences - 2 more years of classes to go), and I have this dilemma. I did really well my first year. I excelled in all my classes, impressed a few professors, and developed one really good relationship in particular as a research assistant. My problem (which I see as pretty critical as a PhD student) is that I really struggle to come up with original research ideas for papers, my eventual dissertation, or potential journal articles. People always say read the literature... which I am. I read as much as I can, but I have about a million demands on my time (classes, RA and TA work, etc.) and so I can only do so much. What can I do to get those creative juices flowing? How do you guys come up with good ideas for your papers? I feel like whenever I think of something, it has already been done or I think of all the flaws of the idea. Edited August 12, 2015 by wb3060 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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