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Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project 3ed

by Zina O'Leary SAGE Publications Ltd
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The ultimate companion to successfully completing your research project, Zina O'Leary guides you through a step-by-step approach to research and provides all of the skills and momentum you need to excel. Each stage of your project is clearly set out with best practice highlighted alongside pragmatic advice for tackling research in the real world.  


The Third Edition uses multidisciplinary case studies, and examples from her own experience, to answer your questions and support your progress as you move smoothly from getting started, to designing your project, collecting and analyzing your data and writing up.  


The book is packed full of learning features and tools to support you, including:  


· 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.  


Warm, innovative and clever, this book is packed full of must-have information for anyone doing a research project.

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

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.
Dr Zina O’Leary is an internationally recognised leader in research methodologies and has a keen interest in the application of research to evidence based decision making in both the private and public sector. She designs and coordinates research units at the University of Sydney (Business School and Graduate School of Government) and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Zina also has an extensive history as a consultant and research coordinator for the Centre for Environmental Health Development at the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre. She is the author of Researching Real World Problems, and The Social Science Jargon Buster.