It is a problem of methodology, I don't know how to contain all these books in my draft.

  1. Am I supposed to summarize them, critic them or to analyze them?
  2. Am I supposed to refer to every writer of those books in my text?
  3. How am I going to manage all these references?
  4. How to categorize them?

I am really confused!

  • 1. What kind of thesis are you writing - bachelor, master, something else? 2. Specifying an academic field is a good idea, as there are likely to be differences. – Tommi Mar 20 '19 at 11:55
  • Why do you need to contain them all? – Tobias Kildetoft Mar 20 '19 at 12:01
  • A master thesis....and I am asked to use 40 books. – Maria_mimi Mar 20 '19 at 12:12
  • Did you receive any instruction as to which reference system to use? Author-date? Numbered? Footnotes? – Emilie Mar 20 '19 at 13:08
  • Field matters a lot here, and given the use of books I suspect this is in the humanities? It basically matters most if the thesis itself is about reviewing, summarizing, and analyzing the books. Outside the humanities this would instead be a literature review/related work section, where it is only to set the groundwork and relatedness of your proposed/completed work. Very different methods, very different styles, very different outcomes. – BrianH Mar 20 '19 at 15:32

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