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The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project


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Chapter 1: Taking the Leap into the Research World Chapter 2: Setting Up and Getting Started Chapter 3: Developing Your Research Question Chapter 4: Undertaking Credible and Ethical Research Chapter 5: Crafting a Research Proposal Chapter 6: Reviewing Literature Chapter 7: Designing a Research Plan Chapter 8: Understanding Methodologies: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches Chapter 9: Understanding Methodologies: Mixed Approaches Chapter 10: Understanding Methodologies: Evaluative, Action-Oriented and Emancipatory Strategies Chapter 11: Identifying and Selecting Samples, Informants and Cases Chapter 12: Primary Data: Surveys, Interviews and Observation Chapter 13: Secondary Data Chapter 14: Online Generated Data Chapter 15: Analysing Quantitative Data Chapter 16: Analysing Qualitative Data Chapter 17: The Challenge of Writing Up Chapter 18: Final Hurdles

About the Author

Zina O'Leary is an internationally-recognized leader in research methodologies, and has a keen interest in the application of research to evidence-based decision-making. Zina is a Senior Fellow at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government where she coordinates research and project units for their Executive Masters and Executive Education Programs. Zina also has an extensive history as a consultant to both Government and the private sector and was the research coordinator for the Centre for Environmental Health Development at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. She is the author of Researching Real World Problems, The Social Science Jargon Buster, and Workplace Research.


The writing style is appropriate to all levels and is totally accessible to the students I teach. Overall, this is a very welcome book for research. -- Louise Fenton
Very user-friendly and interactive - an easy read for my students. -- Ushi Ghoorah

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