Welcome to Ask Dr. Laura!

This website is for information and library science doctoral students to ask questions about surviving the PhD and getting a job upon graduation. You can submit questions anonymously. So Ask Dr. Laura is a good place to get answers to questions you might be shy or embarrassed about asking someone face to face. Answers are carefully researched, and Dr. Laura consults with experienced, successful PhDs to give you the most helpful response possible.

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Gathering Data for Lifelong Research

I have heard this question many times, without any definite answer. When you prepare a survey for your dissertation, can you have additional questions (open ended comments on your topic) that you might not use for your dissertation, but will continue exploring after your dissertation? Would not that help a fresh PhD to continue building a research agenda? Is it unethical to have such additional questions?


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Choosing a Doctoral Program

Dear Dr. Laura,

I was the first in my family to obtain a master's degree, and I feel I'm missing some important tacit knowledge about academia. I'm interested in pursuing a PhD in information science, or maybe communications. How do I go about choosing a doctoral program?

Potential PhD

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