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The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project

Third Edition
  • Zina O'Leary - The Australia and New Zealand School of Government


April 2017 | 415 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The ultimate companion to successfully completing your research project!

Warm, innovative, and clever, The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project provides all of the skills and momentum students need to excel at their research projects. The new Third Edition includes multidisciplinary case studies and a new chapter on mixed methods approaches, along with helpful learning features and tools to support every step of their research journey.

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Taking the Leap into the Research World
 
Setting Up and Getting Started
 
Developing Your Research Question
 
Undertaking Credible and Ethical Research
 
Crafting a Research Proposal
 
Reviewing Literature
 
Designing a Research Plan
 
Understanding Methodologies: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
 
Understanding Methodologies: Mixed Approaches
 
Understanding Methodologies: Evaluative, Action-Oriented and Emancipatory Strategies
 
Identifying and Selecting Samples, Informants and Cases
 
Primary Data: Surveys, Interviews and Observation
 
Secondary Data: Existing Data, Online Generated Data and Previous Studies
 
Analysing Quantitative Data
 
Analysing Qualitative Data
 
The Challenge of Writing Up

A great book for students that covers all the essential steps and methodological approaches for successfully conducting a research project.  The material is highly accessible, contemporary and addresses the major challenges, concerns and questions that students face when undertaking research.

Christopher Walker
School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales

Zina O’Leary’s guide is hands-down favourite with the research students. She answers questions you don’t feel able to ask your supervisor, they say. Myself, I like the solid academic and experiential grounding of her content, her enthusiasm and accessible  style.

Rebecca O'Rourke
School of Education, University of Leeds

This is an excellent text for undergraduate students completing their research dissertation or proposal. It is easy to follow, clearly laid out with very useful text boxes and chapter summaries. I particularly like the 'I have a question section' which answers some of the questions that may be difficult to ask.

Ms angela thompson
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University
April 4, 2017

Inspection copy did not arrive

Dr Mark Jordan
Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
April 4, 2017

This book is an essential read for all students who are engaging in a research project. Clear, informative with excellent examples and pointers to assist the student, the book is essential for a student and is a 'must buy' reference book for an undergraduate student.

Ms Sharon Gander
Law, Social Sciences & Communications, Wolverhampton University
March 8, 2017

Very eye catching front page - very easy to read. I recommend it to all my students who struggle to understand research.

Dr Annemarie Brown
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
March 8, 2017

Very useful for any student starting a research project.

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
March 1, 2017

This is a good book that complements more directed texts. There is plenty useful tips to guide students in research and dissertation modules.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
March 1, 2017

This is a very good book both undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking a dissertation. A good use of concept maps, diagrams, tables and figures which are well integrated into each book chapter.

Dr Nicoleta Gaciu
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
January 31, 2017

A clear and informative textbook which provides detailed support for those students embarking on research. In particular the section on secondary data will be of use to those who are pursuing desk-based research.

Mrs Claire Owen
Department of Education, Newman University
January 25, 2017
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • A fully-developed website with podcasts, videos, journal articles, and examples of real projects
  • Activities and worksheets to help you organize your time
  • Learning objectives to sustain your momentum
  • Top tips relating to key research skills
  • Full glossary to test understanding and provide definitions
  • Annotated further reading to help you move through the literature
  • "Excuse me, I have a question!" feature to answer common questions

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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