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The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project

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

Excellent guide for masters students.

Claire Cowart
College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University
September 8, 2019

This is an excellent text for undergraduate students completing their research dissertation or proposal. It is easy to follow, clearly laid out with very useful text boxes and chapter summaries. I particularly like the 'I have a question section' which answers some of the questions that may be difficult to ask.

Ms angela thompson
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University
April 26, 2017

Inspection copy did not arrive

Dr Mark Jordan
Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
October 2, 2017

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
June 21, 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
June 19, 2017

Very useful for any student starting a research project.

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
April 18, 2017

This is a good book that complements more directed texts. There is plenty useful tips to guide students in research and dissertation modules.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
July 24, 2017

This is a very good book both undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking a dissertation. A good use of concept maps, diagrams, tables and figures which are well integrated into each book chapter.

Dr Nicoleta Gaciu
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
November 14, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1