Preparation: Project Management, Ethics and Getting Clearance
The Literature Review
Decide on Your Question - Again
Methodology Part 1: Deciding on an Approach
Methodology Part 2: The Design Frame
The Right Tools for the Job: Data Gathering
How to Analyse the Information You Gather
Concluding and Writing Up
Direct, informative and accessible the new edition of Gary Thomas's bestselling title is essential reading for anyone doing a research project.
Packed full of relevant advice and real world examples the book guides you through the complete research process. Using refreshingly jargon-free language and anecdotal evidence it is a witty, easy to follow introduction that will answer your questions, set out best practice and walk you through every stage of your project step-by-step.
- How to choose your research question
- Project management and study skills
- Doing an effective literature review
- Methodology, theory and research design
- Design frames
- Ethics and access
- Tools for data collection
- Effective data analysis
- Discussing findings, concluding and writing up
The expanded, insightfully redesigned second edition has a fully integrated companion website including student worksheets, annotated examples and links to SAGE Journals.
Gary Thomas also has an exciting new video in which he explains what's new to this Second Edition.
This popular book is ideal for anyone undertaking a research project in the applied social sciences.
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This is an excellent guide to research project work in the social sciences. Its practical advice is offered in clear and accessible ways, and is underpinned by sound research principles. Although the book won't actually write your thesis, those who base their efforts on it should do very well!
Professor Andrew Pollard
Institute of Education, University of London and Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
How to Do Your Research Project has been my research 'bible'! I used it a lot in initial stages, and now in my writing up, I am coming back to it, especially for some sane advice around analysing quantitative data. The writing style is very clear, and having exhausted many of the research texts around advanced research methods, I keep coming back to this book as it makes the most sense.
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