stages of literature review:

1. I am a brilliant genius whose originality is beyond compare
2. [searches google scholar]
3. oh no
4. oh god no
5. like fifty people have done this exact thing
6. [actually reads some of the papers]
7. wait these are all related but not exactly the same thing
8. also some of them are not very good
9. oh this one is actually really helpful!
10. I am a brilliant, gracious genius whose originality is beyond compare

@aparrish this fully applies to many other disciplines, in my experience.

the only one I can think of to which it doesn't is podcasting. but does it stop anyone? no

@aparrish lollllllll i'm starting my thesis and went through literally all of these during literature review

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