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How to Complete a Successful Research Project, 1st edition

  • Kathleen McMillan
  • Jonathan Weyers
How to Complete a Successful Research Project

ISBN-13: 9780273773924

Includes: Paperback

1st edition

Published by Pearson Canada (June 12th 2014) - Copyright © 2014

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A practical, step-by-step guide to planning, researching and writing a research project for undergraduate students approaching a research project for the first time.


Undertaking a large-scale, original research project can be extremely daunting and challenging to any student. Using the tried-and-tested Smarter Student series approach, style and pedagogy to deliver timely, practical, hands-on guidance based on real-life experience from students and lecturers alike, this book will be an invaluable tutorial and reference for any student approaching an undergraduate or masters research project for the first time.

This book will guide the student through all of the key areas that they will need to deliver a successful research project, providing practical guidance, examples and hints and tips for success on areas such as:

  • Choosing a theme and topic for your research
  • Writing the proposal
  • Working with your supervisor
  • Planning and managing your time and activity
  • Analysing and evaluating data
  • Successful academic writing styles and conventions
  • Correct citing, referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Ethics in research
  • Researching and compiling the literature survey
  • Methods of collecting and analysing data
  • Writing-up and presenting your findings

An essential guide to academic success!

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • 1 Taking on a research investigation – how to approach the challenges of project work
  • 2 Choosing a research topic – how to decide on a theme for your investigation
  • 3 Framing a research question – how to set targets and formulate hypotheses to test
  • 4 Writing a project proposal – how to structure a formal research plan
  • 5 Planning and managing time – how to organise your investigation and submit on time
  • 6 Working successfully with a supervisor – how to make the most of your relationship
  • 7 Finding relevant source material – how to develop your information literacy skills
  • 8 Assessing content in the literature – how to evaluate published information in your field
  • 9 Interpreting published data – how to understand graphs, tables and basic statistics
  • 10 Note-making from research sources – how to record information for use in your investigation
  • 11 Organising your research materials – how to collect and file information and details of references
  • 12 Using quantitative research methods – how to obtain and analyse numerical information
  • 13 Using qualitative research methods – how to obtain and analyse descriptive information
  • 14 Conducting experiments and field studies – how to design and perform lab and field investigations
  • 15 Designing and carrying out surveys and interviews – how to obtain relevant information from research participants
  • 16 Thinking in research contexts – how to apply method to produce valid, original ideas for your investigation
  • 17 Arriving at a position and supporting it – how to sift fact and opinion and express your conclusions
  • 18 Following guidelines on ethics and safety – how to observe good research practice in your investigation
  • 19 Analysing data – how to manipulate and interpret your results with simple, effective techniques
  • 20 Presenting data – how to display information, graphs and tables to academic standard
  • 21 Planning the writing phase – how to organise your work effectively to produce the best-quality product on time
  • 22 Writing up in the approved format – how to report on your research using standard structure and content
  • 23 Writing up in the appropriate style – how to use academic language and well-organised discourse to express your ideas and findings
  • 24 Citing, referencing and avoiding plagiarism – how to refer appropriately to the work and ideas of others
  • 25 Reviewing, editing and proofreading – how to enhance the quality of your write-up
  • 26 Acting on feedback – how to interpret and learn from what your supervisor writes on your drafts
  • 27 Presenting your project for assessment – how to submit your work appropriately
  • List of references

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