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Your Research Project

Your Research Project
Designing, Planning, and Getting Started

Fourth Edition

December 2019 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

With a calming, reassuring tone, Nicholas Walliman gives you the ability and confidence to plan, design, and prepare for your research project.  The new edition of this bestselling book will help you:

- Explain research theory within the context of your own project  

- Curate, structure, and format your literature review

- Anticipate the challenges of social media and web-based research

- Apply ‘how to’ tips quickly to your own research planning and design

- Monitor your progress in the field with checklists

- Develop writing habits to use as a springboard for dissertations, reports, and articles

- Build a foundation of practical, general research skills like time management, organization, and critical thinking to carry you beyond your project.  

New to the 4th Edition:

- New step-by-step chapter on how to write a successful research proposal 

- New chapter 'Writing Strategies' offers guidelines for different assignments to help carry students beyond their research proposal

- More ‘How To’ examples of literature reviews, proposals and ethics applications

- Expanded coverage of literature review strategies - more emphasis on accessing on-line resources and use of the internet

- Enhanced checklists of issues for consideration or tasks students should undertake in order to progress their work

- More information surrounding online and social media research and implications on information sourcing, ethics, and methods 

- Increased coverage of the research methods section to include more practical support and additional information on mixed-methods 

- Further stresses the importance of avoiding plagiarism with an expanded section on this topic.


Particular Features of the Book
Structure and Outline of the Book
Chapter 1 Types of Research and the Research Problem: Beginning Your Project
Chapter 2 Research Theory and the Nature of Knowledge: Understanding Philosophies and Approaches
Chapter 3 Using Language and Understanding Arguments
Chapter 4 Finding, Organising and Retrieving Information
Chapter 5 Doing Your Literature Review, Forming Original Ideas and Defining Your Research Topic
Chapter 6 Honesty and Research Ethics: Establishing an Ethical Code
Chapter 7 Research Methods: Choosing the Best Methods for Your Project
Chapter 8 The Research Proposal: Planning and Structuring Your Ideas
Chapter 9 Writing Strategies: Getting Started and Maintaining Momentum Throughout Your Project

I found this source too convoluted and complicated for a second year undergraduate unit. I think this is best suited to PhD studies.

Ms Laura Engfors
Psychology, University of South Australia - City West
April 11, 2022

A really helpful book for our Level 3 and HE students who have to undertake a Research project as part of their final year.

Mr Chris Lavers
Environmental Studies, Cornwall College Newquay
December 2, 2020

It continues to provide a clear overview of the research process.

Dr Liam Foster
Department of Sociological Studies, Sheffield University
February 5, 2020

Offers an alternate perspectives compared with other 'how to' texts.

Mr Keith Patrick
Westminster Business School, Westminster University
October 11, 2020

It is a useful resource with a good structure that matches very well the process of empirical research and writing a dissertation.

Dr Nicoleta Gaciu
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
December 7, 2020

Really useful for final year dissertation students and PGRs as a grounding text

Ms Paula Hearsum
School of Arts and Media, Brighton University
July 17, 2020

This book is a useful guide for students approaching their first university research project. The sections are well designed so that students (and lecturer) can access the info relevant to them. The examples and writing style make the book enjoyable.

Dr Clare Hindley
Language and Communication, IUBH School of Business and Management
November 3, 2020

a well written and readable text which will appeal to students from many disciplines.

Mr Ian Andrew
Business School, Oxford Brookes University
March 3, 2020

Didn't think it worked with what the students are expected to do on the course. However, have suggested it to colleagues on other course where it may be more applicable.

Mr Dave Jones
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
February 5, 2020

A clear, straightforward guide for undergraduates embarking on their first research project

Mrs Fiona Corby
Education Department, Teesside University
April 1, 2020