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Organizing and Managing Your Research

Organizing and Managing Your Research
A Practical Guide for Postgraduates

First Edition

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Research Methods

February 2007 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Organizing and Managing Your Research: A Practical Guide for Postgraduates deals with the practical, day-to-day aspects of managing and organizing research. It focuses on strategies, skills, and systems that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of research practice across all research disciplines. Written in an accessible, non-technical style that speaks directly to the reader in a personal and collegial voice, this text gives practical advice and offers many tips and strategies gleaned from experienced researchers. The written text is accompanied by a website that provides downloadable templates and live links to appropriate sites.

Key Features include:

  • Tips boxes to outline useful strategies and shortcuts based on day-to-day practice of experienced researchers.
  • Feature examples illustrate the practical application of some of the concepts covered
  • "Want to know more about …?" boxes offer pointers to further sources of information
  • "Over to you" questions at the end of each chapter prompt the student to reflect on how the strategies and concepts can be applied to their own research project
Establishing Technical Fundamentals
Managing Yourself, Your Ideas and Your Support Structures
Organizing Your Work Environment
Planning and Overseeing Progress of Your Project
Communicating and Networking Electronically
Effective Literature Searching
Strategic Web Searching
Managing and Organizing Your Literature
Designing Data Collection Systems
Managing Data Analysis
Improving Your Writing Efficiency
Presenting and Publishing Your Research

`As research guides go, this is probably the best, most readable and encouraging books for nurses that I have come across....I recommend this volume to students and researchers at all levels, and at all stages of their professional careers. It is an excellent read' - Nursing Standard

'[This book] is an ideal reader for someone who is thinking about starting a research project with no or limited previous experience. This is because it outlines the whole research process from start to finish. It also provides useful tips for those who are more experienced' - Nurse Researcher

This provides coverage of around 50% of the material being prepared for a new PG course in Reserach Organisation and Management. But it has a heavy Nursing education flavour and might not be suitable for all disciplines or for a generic course.

Professor Richard Howard McClatchey
Fac of Comp, Engineering & Math Sci's, University of The West of England
November 17, 2016

Very useful technical and practical guidance for students new to research or with limited IT/information management experience. Would suit mature students with less IT skills.

Ms Maria Parks
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University College
April 17, 2012

This is an excellent book to support all levels of research student. The exercises are stimualting and interesting and the accompanying website gives useful information and materials.

Mr George Hogg
Clinical Skills Centre, Dundee University
March 5, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF of Chapter One

PDF of Chapter Two

Renata Phelps

Renata is a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University ( She has also been a Senior Lecturer with the School of Education. More About Author

Kath Fisher

Allan H Ellis

Allan is currently Director of Research and Research Training for the School of Commerce and Management. ... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412920643
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SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.