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How to Do Your Research Project

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

This is an excellent book and fantastic for doing a research project. The only reason it is not adopted is because for this module the students do a scoping review rather than empirical research.

Mrs Sarah Johnson
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
March 25, 2024

Excellent resource. Comprehensive, easy to follow with great examples and clearer written. Really wish I had this text book when I was doing my own research for the first Time!

Mrs Rebecca Rippon
Acute Adult Care, Chester University
June 15, 2023

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
  • 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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