SAGE Journal Articles
You can access here SAGE articles that illustrate, explain and discuss the use of a diary in the research process. Kneafsey’s article (2002) provides an example of what research notes in a diary might look like and the kinds of ‘thick description’ you are looking to achieve in making observations about your own dissertation journey. Tjora’s piece (2006) considers some practical considerations of what to take note of in your diary; how best to write down what you experience; and how to make sense of what you record. This practical piece offers useful guidance (see, in particular, page 432 onwards). Finally, Latham’s now much cited article offers a more advanced, theoretical reading that critically reflects on how diaries can help us to capture the lived realities of research.
- An example of using a research diary
Reference: Kneafsey, M. (2002) ‘Sessions and gigs: tourism and traditional music in North Mayo, Ireland, Extracts from a field diary (a fictional account based on actual events, people and places)’, Cultural Geographies 9 (3): 354‒8.
- How to make notes, what to make note of: guidance in employing a research diary
Reference: Tjora, A. H. (2006) ‘Writing small discoveries: An exploration of fresh observers’ observations’, Qualitative Research 6 (4): 429‒51.
- Reflections on using a research diary
Reference: Latham, A. (2003) ‘Research, performance, and doing human geography: some reflections on the diary-photograph, diary-interview method’, Environment and Planning A 35 (11): 1993‒2017.