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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.


 
Introduction
 
Research and the Research Problem
Aims

 
Introduction

 
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
Aims

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

 
Hypothesis

 
Approaches to Social Research

 
Conclusions

 
The Next Steps: The Theoretical Basis of Your Research Project

 
Further Reading

 
 
Concepts, Language and Argument
Aims

 
Introduction

 
Concepts and Theory

 
Language and Argument

 
Conclusions

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

 
Further Reading

 
 
Information and How to Deal With It
Aims

 
Introduction

 
Finding the Literature

 
Dealing With Information

 
Doing a Literature Review

 
Conclusions

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

 
Further Reading

 
 
Research Methods
Aims

 
Introduction

 
Data Collection and Analysis

 
Collecting Secondary Data

 
Analysing Secondary Data

 
Collecting Primary Data

 
Combined Data Generation and Analysis

 
Analysing Data

 
Conclusions

 
The Next Steps: Which Research Methods Will You Use?

 
Further Reading

 
 
Honesty and Research Ethics
Aims

 
Introduction

 
Honesty In Your Work

 
Situations That Raise Ethical Issues

 
Ethics Policies, Permissions and Committees

 
Conclusions

 
The Next Steps: Plan Your Code of Ethics

 
Further Reading

 
 
Preparing the Research Proposal and Starting to Write
Aims

 
Introduction

 
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

 
Conclusions

 
The Next Steps: Your Research Proposal

 
Further Reading

 
Answers to Exercises

 
Key Words Glossary

 
References

 
Index

 

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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