The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project
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The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project

Third Edition
  • Zina O'Leary - The Australia and New Zealand School of Government
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March 2017 | 415 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The ultimate companion to successfully completing your research project, the author guides you through a step-by-step approach to research and provides all of the skills and momentum you need to excel. Each stage of a project is clearly set out with best practice highlighted alongside pragmatic advice for tackling research in the real world.

The Third Edition uses multidisciplinary case studies, and examples from the author’s own experience, to answer your questions and support your progress as you move smoothly through each stage. With a new chapter on mixed methods approaches, more on disseminating research, more on the practical and legal implications of ethics and more international examples, the book is packed full of learning features and tools to support your journey, including:

  • A fully-developed website with podcasts, videos, journal articles and examples of real projects
  • Activities and worksheets to help you organize your time
  • Learning objectives to sustain your momentum
  • Top tips relating to key research skills
  • Full glossary to test understanding and provide definitions
  • Annotated further reading to help you move through the literature
  • ‘Excuse me, I have a question!’ feature to answer common questions.

Warm, innovative and clever, this book is packed full of must-have information for anyone doing a research project.

 
Taking the Leap into the Research World
 
Setting Up and Getting Started
 
Developing Your Research Question
 
Undertaking Credible and Ethical Research
 
Crafting a Research Proposal
 
Reviewing Literature
 
Designing a Research Plan
 
Understanding Methodologies: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
 
Understanding Methodologies: Mixed Approaches
 
Understanding Methodologies: Evaluative, Action-Oriented and Emancipatory Strategies
 
Identifying and Selecting Samples, Informants and Cases
 
Primary Data: Surveys, Interviews and Observation
 
Secondary Data: Existing Data, Online Generated Data and Previous Studies
 
Analysing Quantitative Data
 
Analysing Qualitative Data
 
The Challenge of Writing Up

A great book for students that covers all the essential steps and methodological approaches for successfully conducting a research project.  The material is highly accessible, contemporary and addresses the major challenges, concerns and questions that students face when undertaking research.

Christopher Walker
School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales

Zina O’Leary’s guide is hands-down favourite with the research students. She answers questions you don’t feel able to ask your supervisor, they say. Myself, I like the solid academic and experiential grounding of her content, her enthusiasm and accessible  style.

Rebecca O'Rourke
School of Education, University of Leeds

This book is an essential read for all students who are engaging in a research project. Clear, informative with excellent examples and pointers to assist the student, the book is essential for a student and is a 'must buy' reference book for an undergraduate student.

Ms Sharon Gander
Law, Social Sciences & Communications, Wolverhampton University
March 8, 2017

Very eye catching front page - very easy to read. I recommend it to all my students who struggle to understand research.

Dr Annemarie Brown
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
March 8, 2017

A clear and informative textbook which provides detailed support for those students embarking on research. In particular the section on secondary data will be of use to those who are pursuing desk-based research.

Mrs Claire Owen
Department of Education, Newman University
January 25, 2017

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