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How to Do Your Research Project

How to Do Your Research Project
A Guide for Students

Third Edition

May 2017 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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'Gary’s book, never more than a metre away, has been my indispensable research companion.
With its easy layout, my well-worn copy, stripy with florescent marker and pencilled notes, has been my go-to, on-hand supervisor throughout my degree; taking the distance out of distance learning. Replace daunting and impossible with clarity and entertainment. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it; it has been my gateway to achievement' - Ellie Davies Moore, distance learner in Multi-Sensory Impairment at the University of Birmingham 

With more advice on concluding, writing up and presenting research, using social media and digital methods, and understanding what supervisors want and how to work with them, the third edition of this bestselling title continues to lead the way as an essential guide for anyone undertaking a research project in the applied social sciences.

Setting out a clear and detailed road map, Gary Thomas guides the reader through the different stages of a research project, explaining key steps and processes at each level in refreshingly jargon-free terms.

It covers:

-          How to choose your research question

-          Project management and study skills

-          Effective literature reviews

-          Methodology, theory and research design frames

-          Ethics and access

-          Data collection tools

-          Effective data analysis

-          Discussing findings, concluding and writing up

Packed with engaging anecdotal evidence and practical advice and supported by an interactive website featuring worksheets, videos, SAGE Journal articles and more, this new edition is a user-friendly, one-stop-shop for guidance on research principles. 

Starting Points: Your Introduction
Preparing: 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 and Discuss the Information You Gather
Concluding and Writing Up

The author has successfully reduced the complexity of a research process to a few simple steps and it becomes easy for learners at any academic levels to know about research. This book will benefit individuals who are new to research, that they will be encouraged to take their first step towards conducting a research.

Dr Jennifer Loke
Nursing, University of Hull Centre for Educational Studies
April 7, 2017

This is a very easy book to read and is popular with our students

Dr Annemarie Brown
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
April 7, 2017

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