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How to Do Your Research Project
A Guide for Students

Fourth Edition
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January 2023 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Starting your research project can feel daunting, but this best-selling project guide has your back! 

Now in its fourth edition, the book provides easy to follow advice to navigate every step of your research project, from choosing your research question, deciding on your research design and methodology, collecting and analysing your data, and writing up your finished project. 

Presenting a clear and detailed roadmap to ensure you don’t miss a step, the book includes: 
• Case studies and real-life examples from a range of disciplines so you can learn from other researchers who have been in your shoes 
• DIY activities so you can practise your skills and get to grips with key concepts 
• Practical advice on how to organise your writing, develop your flow and build strong arguments
• Further guidance on assessing ethical risk, including examples of high, medium, and low risk projects

Written in Gary’s signature straightforward style, this book is an essential companion for anyone undertaking a research project in the applied social sciences. 
 


 

 
Your Introduction
 
Project Management, Ethics and Getting Clearance
 
The Literature Review, Part 1: Searching and Constructing
 
The Literature Review, Part 2: Sharpening Your Ideas
 
Methodology Part 1: Deciding on an Approach
 
Methodology Part 2: The Design Frame
 
Data Gathering
 
How to Analyse and Discuss the Information you Gather
 
Concluding and Writing up

One of the most impressive things that real experts do is to communicate complex ideas in a clear way for their readers. Gary Thomas’ book has been doing this for university students over many years. It is deservedly a classic textbook, which is now in its 4th edition - a further mark of success!

Dominic Wyse
Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education. BERA President 2019 to 2022. Founding Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (HHCP).

A good introduction to research projects.

Dr John Donaghy
Allied Health & Medicine (Cambridge), Anglia Ruskin University
January 25, 2023

Clear, easy to read text that presents the research journey for students to comprehend at the beginning of their endevour.

Mr Dan Butcher
Department of Nursing, Oxford Brookes University
December 19, 2022

A very accessible text and many useful additions to the previous edition.

Mrs Nanna Ryder
Centre of Teacher Education (Carmarthen), University of Wales, Trinity St David
December 12, 2022

This is a lovely book, written in a simple style that makes you feel like you are reading a story -not a text book. It sets out a really clear way to do a research project - perfect for students who don't know where to start.

Una Beagon
School of Civil and Structural Engineering, Technological University Dublin
January 12, 2023
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • Additional advice on concluding, writing, and presenting research, using social media and digital methods, and understanding how to effectively work with supervisors
  • Supported by an interactive website featuring worksheets, videos, SAGE Journal articles, and more

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