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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 with confidence. Written with the needs of students at undergraduate, Masters and postgraduate level in mind, Doing Your Research Project will guide you through the process of formulating a research question, choosing your research methods, planning your research, and getting started.

Fully updated and revised, the new edition features:

- A comprehensive introduction to the purpose and nature of research

- Expanded coverage of writing a research plan or proposal

- Advice on finding and managing information

- 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

- Brand new exercises and examples to provide students from across the social sciences with the practical tools needed to succeed in their project

The new edition is essential reading for students at all levels across the social sciences who want a lively, straightforward guide to planning their research project.

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




Good MA level book

Dr Steve Emery-Wright
MA Missions, Cliff College
January 17, 2013

A good book for those embarking on their research project.

Mrs Marie Hall
UCBC, Blackburn College
January 2, 2013

This is a book which is helpful once students have an idea of their research questions and where they might want to take them. It is a clear and concise guide to the preparation that is needed and is often unseen in research projects.

Mrs Linzi McKerr
Education , Worcester University
December 3, 2012

This is now on our recommended book list for the third year undergraduate dissertation students.

Dr Jackie Turton
Sociology , University of Essex
November 26, 2012

This text has provided a ground upwards approach to research methodology which has been embraced by year 2 undergraduate students eagerly.

Mr Neville Crouch
Department of Secondary Education, Greenwich University
November 26, 2012

It did not have a strong enough emphasis on social science research. Many of the examples involved planning issues.

Ms Louise Byrne
Dept of Humanities & Social Sciences, Richmond, The American Int'l University in London
October 26, 2012

Rarely do you find a text which addresses the full scope of such a demanding learning task as undertaking a research project, yet here it is. From the outset it takes the student from the backdrop of what knowledge is and how it is developed through honesty and ethics and onto writing the proposal. Full of invaluable tips, tests and exercises it has a wealth of information in engaging and accessible format. This will be an essential text for our undergraduates and post graduates alike.

Mrs Sarah Westwater-Wood
Divison of Physiotherapy Education, Nottingham University
September 25, 2012

Explains the backbone of the ever-so-scary research process in an understandable manner for UGs - the first time researcher.

Ms Elizabeth San Miguel
Business Administration , HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Scie
August 6, 2012

Walliman’s You Research Project is a user-friendly, easy to understand text that departs from often abstract (the explanation and discussion of) research methodology. This is a good text for a novice and developing researcher.

Dr Ade Oriade
Dept of Leisure, Wolverhampton University
July 24, 2012

This is a comprehensive text that students will find accessible and supportive. The author's use of checklists, 'thoughts' and recommended reading will encourage further inquiry into the topics central to research projects.

Dr John Clark
Please select your department, Please select your institution
July 6, 2012

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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