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Your Research Project

Your Research Project
Designing and Planning Your Work

Third Edition

May 2011 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the third edition of this bestselling book, you'll find everything you need to embark upon your research project and write your proposal with confidence. Written with the needs of undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as practitioners in mind, Your Research Project will guide you through the process of formulating a research question, choosing your research methods, planning your research, and writing your proposal.

Fully updated and revised, the new edition features:

o A comprehensive introduction to the purpose and nature of research

o Expanded coverage of writing a research plan or proposal

o An overview of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis, as well as more on mixed methods research designs

o New sections on digital media and online research methods

o Exercises and examples to provide students from across the social sciences with the practical tools needed to succeed in their project.

Nicholas Walliman is Senior Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University.

Research and the Research Problem


What Is Research?

What Is It for: The Objectives of Research

Types of Research

The Research Process

Starting Your Own Research

Planning a Research Project

The Next Steps: Finding Your Research Problem Area

Further Reading

Research Theory and the Nature of Knowledge

Philosophy and the Debate About the Structure of Science and the Nature of Knowledge


Approaches to Social Research


The Next Steps: The Theoretical Basis of Your Research Project

Further Reading

Concepts, Language and Argument


Concepts and Theory

Language and Argument


The Next Steps: Which Type of Research for Your Topic?

Further Reading

Information and How to Deal With It


Finding the Literature

Dealing With Information

Doing a Literature Review


The Next Steps: Devising your Own Information System and Writing Your Literature Review

Further Reading

Research Methods


Data Collection and Analysis

Collecting Secondary Data

Analysing Secondary Data

Collecting Primary Data

Combined Data Generation and Analysis

Analysing Data


The Next Steps: Which Research Methods Will You Use?

Further Reading

Honesty and Research Ethics


Honesty In Your Work

Situations That Raise Ethical Issues

Ethics Policies, Permissions and Committees


The Next Steps: Plan Your Code of Ethics

Further Reading

Preparing the Research Proposal and Starting to Write


The Recipe for a Successful Research Proposal

Types of Research Proposal

The Main Ingredients and Sequence

Finalizing Your Proposal

How To Get Started With Writing


The Next Steps: Your Research Proposal

Further Reading

Answers to Exercises

Key Words Glossary




I can heartily recommend the third edition of this popular text. It has been up-dated and enhanced to recognise the needs of both undergraduate and postgraduate students who are new to the research process, and deserves to be on every reading list
Graham Stew
Principal Lecturer in Health, University of Brighton

This book is a must have for anyone embarking on a research project. It guides the reader through each step of the research project, providing clear summary boxes and exercises, making it particularly relevant for students and lecturers alike
Kalwant Bhopal
Head of the Social Justice and Inclusive Education Research Centre, University of Southampton

'Having run a PhD programme (comprising over 40 students) for six years and supervised 16 research students, nine to completion, I feel qualified to testify to the value of this book. Learning has become increasingly structured in the last two decades and new research students are often overwhelmed by the demands of PhD study, which requires conceptual thinking, independence, self-motivation and creativity. In my view, this unique publication offers an excellent and indispensable guide to research for first-timers. I wholeheartedly recommend it
Elizabeth Burton
Professor of Sustainable Building, Design and Wellbeing, University of Warwick

The third edition of Walliman's guide for novice researchers has been thoroughly updated to reflect methodological developments. It retains the unique characteristics which made earlier versions so successful: a theoretically-informed introduction to the research process grounded in an understanding of how individuals learn most effectively
Emma Wincup
University of Leeds

I found the book easy to understand for students. It explains basic terms very well and give a good layout of the research project and what is in general expected in each phase.
It is a good textbook for students who do not have previous research experience.

Mrs Neoline Le Roux
Africa Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health Research, North-West University (Potcheftstroom)
May 6, 2017

A useful and comprehensive guide to designing and planning a research project. Recommended as a supplementary source.

Ms Lis Bundock
Education, Brighton University
October 19, 2016

Walliman offers an insightful step by step account on how to undertake your research proposal. Each chapter is underpinned with a number of useful examples that help embed and consolidate the theory. I plan to recommend this book to post graduate research students undertaking their Masters dissertation.

Ms Jacqueline Harley
Dept of Health & Social Care, Chester University
March 31, 2016

This is a very useful book for first time researchers.

Dr Yung-Fang Chen
Dept of Geog, Env & Disaster Mgt, Coventry University
November 16, 2015

Very useful book, which explore the context of research. In depth discussions regarding data collection methods, useful for tutor to prepare lessons.

Mrs Penny Yates
Island Training, Isle of Wight College
May 4, 2015

Walliman's approach to a typical humanities research project offers our students the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to set out their Advanced Research Projects on their own. It highlights every important aspect of the research process, from the proposal stage through to data collection and analysis. I have often made use of this text to clarify or provide a slightly different explanation of the more technical elements of quantitative research, allowing my students a much better understanding of what is asked of them because Walliman's discussions are clear and easy to follow for students who are only starting out on their postgraduate journey.

Dr Mark Kirby-Hirst
Department of Communication Science, University of South Africa
February 7, 2015

A useful guide for anyone embarking on a research project - highly rcommended.

Mrs Gabrielle Morley
Primary Education, University Centre at Blackburn College
August 20, 2014

All you need for embarkign on a research project. Contains everything needed to know in an easily understandable format as well as helpful exercises that are useful from a student point of view.

Mrs Michelle Grainger
Sheffield Centre, LifeSkills
November 20, 2013

Very good and accessable book for students. Recomended book for the library.

Mr Jeff Fernandez
Public health, Islington Primary Care Trust
May 1, 2013

New to the third edition:

  • An introduction to the purpose and nature of research
  • Expanded coverage of writing a research plan or proposal
  • An overview of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis, as well as more on mixed methods research designs
  • New sections on digital media and online research methods
  • Exercises and examples

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