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Author O'Leary, Zina, author.

Title The essential guide to doing your research project / Zina O'Leary.

Published London : SAGE, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Essential guide to doing research
Edition 2nd edition.
Physical description viii, 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes Previous edition: published as The essential guide to doing research. 2004.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The challenge of tackling a research project -- So what is this thing called research and why do it? -- Delving into the 'construct' of research -- Getting help along the way -- Getting started -- Navigating the process -- Staying on course -- The importance of good questions -- Defining your topic -- From interesting topics to researchable questions -- Characteristics of good questions -- Power, politics, ethics and research integrity -- Credibility: integrity in the production of knowledge -- Ethics: integrity and the 'researched' -- Role of the proposal -- Elements of the proposal -- Writing a winning proposal -- Obstacles and challenges.
The importance of literature -- Sourcing relevant literature -- Managing the literature -- Writing the formal 'literature review' -- Moving from questions to answers -- Getting it right for the researcher -- Pragmatics: making it doable -- It's all in the details -- Understanding the quantitative-qualitative divide -- The quantitative tradition -- The qualitative tradition -- Mixed methodology -- Research that attempts to drive change -- Evaluative research -- Action research -- Emancipatory research -- Who holds the answer? -- Samples: selecting elements of a population -- Key informants: working with experts and insiders -- Cases: delving into detail.
The challenge of collecting primary data -- Surveying -- Interviewing -- Observation -- The challenge of working with secondary data -- 'Texts' and documents -- Existing studies and data sets -- Online data -- Moving from raw data to significant findings -- Managing data and defining variables -- Descriptive statistics -- Inferential statistics -- Presenting quantitative data -- The promise of qualitative data -- The logic of QDA -- The methods of QDA -- Specific QDA strategies -- Presenting qualitative data -- A final word -- The writing challenge -- Research as communication -- The writing process -- Creating powerful presentations -- The need for exposure -- The final word.
Subject Social sciences -- Research.
ISBN 9781446258965