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The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project
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The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project

Fourth Edition
  • Zina O'Leary - The Australia and New Zealand School of Government
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March 2021 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This practical book sets out how to approach each stage of your research project, from choosing a research design and methodology to collecting and analysing data and communicating your results – and showcases best practice along the way.

Packed with pragmatic guidance for tackling research in the real world, this fourth edition:

  • Offers support for diving into a project using digital data, with how-to guidance on conducting online and social media research
  • Empowers you to confidently disseminate your work and present with impact
  • Helps you map out your research journey and put a plan in place with decision trees in every chapter
  • Challenges you to be reflective and critical about the research you consume and undertake

Zina O'Leary's detailed and down-to-earth approach gives you the research skills and momentum you need to successfully complete your research project.

 
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

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Zina O'Leary

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... More About Author

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