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.