A Gentle Guide to Research Methods

A Gentle Guide to Research Methods

A Gentle Guide to Research Methods

A Gentle Guide to Research Methods

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The structure of this book: research design, data collection and data analysis Taught degree projects: what they are, things to watch out for, and practical points PhD second studies: what happens when your first study changes your plans Strategies and principles: demonstrating excellence, exploring territory rather than trying to prove a hunch, avoiding trouble, and learning from the wise Choosing a topic, or cups of coffee, easy pickings and blaming others Departments, systems and supervisors: how to behave like a professional, get a good reference, and avoid needless trouble 'How do I get a good mark?' - things that can send out the wrong signal, and how to avoid these Academic writing: why it's different from other writing, and how to do it well

…certain subtle points which may or may not lend a hideous and incredible
kind of rationale to the apparent chaos.

(At the Mountains of Madness, p.53)

The structure of this book: research design, data
collection and data analysis

This book begins with a section about student projects and PhDs, since these are likely to be the reason for many readers opening this book in the first place.

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