How to Do Your Research Project
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How to Do Your Research Project

A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences

Second Edition

Companion Website


© 2013 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Direct, informative and accessible the new edition of Gary Thomas's bestselling title is essential reading for anyone doing a research project.

Packed full of relevant advice and real world examples the book guides you through the complete research process. Using refreshingly jargon-free language and anecdotal evidence it is a witty, easy to follow introduction that will answer your questions, set out best practice and walk you through every stage of your project step-by-step.

It covers:

- How to choose your research question

- Project management and study skills

- Doing an effective literature review

- Methodology, theory and research design

- Design frames

- Ethics and access

- Tools for data collection

- Effective data analysis

- Discussing findings, concluding and writing up

The expanded, insightfully redesigned second edition has a fully integrated companion website including student worksheets, annotated examples and links to SAGE Journals.

Gary Thomas also has an exciting new video in which he explains what’s new to this Second Edition.

This popular book is ideal for anyone undertaking a research project in the applied social sciences.

Your Introduction: Starting Points
Preparation: Project Management, Ethics and Getting Clearance
The Literature Review
Decide on Your Question - Again
Methodology Part 1: Deciding on an Approach
Methodology Part 2: The Design Frame
The Right Tools for the Job: Data Gathering
How to Analyse the Information You Gather
Concluding and Writing Up

How to Do Your Research Project has been my research ‘bible’! I used it a lot in initial stages, and now in my writing up, I am coming back to it, especially for some sane advice around analysing quantitative data. The writing style is very clear, and having exhausted many of the research texts around advanced research methods, I keep coming back to this book as it makes the most sense.

Sarah Edwards
EdD candidate, University of Warwick and Senior Lecturer, University College Birmingham

As learning by doing is very important especially in writing, students need a manual, written without heavy jargon and with lots of examples.  Thomas gets you straight to the point by including a smart design, very clear and informative examples, anecdotes and a small dose of humour in his book How to Do Your Research Project.  This book will be of great use to students and tutors.  As such, it deserves a high place in academic reading lists.   

Engin Deniz Eris
Dokuz Eylul University
Psychology Learning and Teaching

This is an excellent guide to research project work in the social sciences. Its practical advice is offered in clear and accessible ways, and is underpinned by sound research principles. Although the book won't actually write your thesis, those who base their efforts on it should do very well!
Professor Andrew Pollard
Institute of Education, University of London and Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol


I think this edition is clear concise and helpful. It was a must have for me when writing my dissertation and I still refer often to it now. The student finds detailed information with useful examples and direction inside. A great guide to creating sound research projects.

Maria Burns
MA in Multilingualism student, University of East London

An excellent and clear text that provides students with a fantastic grounding in applied research.

Mr Graham Bright
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University
June 22, 2015

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