Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers

This is the market-leading book for anyone conducting a research project, whether for the first time or as an experienced researcher honing their skills. Clear, concise and readable, this bestselling resource provides a practical, step-by-step guide from initial concept to completion of your research report. This practical, no-nonsense guide is vital reading for all those embarking on undergraduate or postgraduate study, irrespective of discipline, and for professionals in such fields as social science, education and health.

Book contents:

  1. The researcher and the research journey

  2. Approaches to research

  3. Planning the project

  4. Ethics and integrity in research

  5. Reading, referencing and the management of information

  6. Literature searching

  7. The review of the literature

  8. The analysis of documentary evidence

  9. Using the Internet and social media in research

  10. Designing and administering surveys

  11. Planning and conducting interviews

  12. Diaries, logs, critical incidents, blogs and vlogs

  13. Observation

  14. Interpreting the evidence and reporting the findings

  15. Writing the report