Doing Your Research Project

Doing Your Research Project

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Worldwide bestseller - over 250,000 copies sold Step-by-step advice on completing an outstanding research project. Step-by-step advice on completing an outstanding research project. Research can be daunting, particularly for first-timers, but this indispensable book provides everything you need to know to prepare for research, draft and finalise a methodologically sound and well-written report or thesis, plus it warns you of potential pitfalls to prevent you wasting time on false trails. This new edition of Doing Your Research Project has been thoroughly updated and includes: Wider coverage of research ethics Clear guidelines on the differences between different types of research project New coverage of "Research diaries" New sources in further reading plus more information on internet research and the use of electronic resources Coverage of the latest information on plagiarism More examples to highlight key issuesThis bestselling book is an essential resource to help establish good practice for beginner researchers embarking on undergraduate or postgraduate study, and for professionals in such fields as social science, education, and health.

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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 0335235824
  • 9780335235827
  • 22,073

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About Judith Bell

Judith Bell has worked as a university lecturer, head of department and vice principal in colleges of further education; as a senior counsellor and course team writer for the Open University; and as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools specializing in continuing education. In 1997 she was awarded the MBE for services to educational research and in the same year was awarded the degree of D.Univ by the Open University, for services to adult education and to the University.

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The book 'Doing your research project' by Judith Bell is intended for those who are about to undertake research in assorted academic or occupational investigations. It takes the reader through a set of step-by-step instructions of how to select a top-ic, identify objectives, plan and design a suitable methodology, devise research instruments, negotiate access to institutions, materials and people, collect, analyse and present information, and produce a well-written report. This book teaches you how to optimize your research techniques to save time and other valuable resources and focus on what is important: finishing a well-written research report on time. Each chapter is kept short and is written on the point with clear-cut summaries of the most important elements. There are however some areas the book can improve on. I got the drift that it was written more towards people who have no to a medium level of experience and how to go about researching a topic, which is fine but the book is not labeled as a 'beginners-', 'intermediate-' or 'high-' level research book. This is more of an all-round book and therefore doesn't cover all aspects the reader should know about. Judith Bell also embellishes her point with a lot of real life examples and stories, but more often than not she gets into her little story and forgets the point she is trying to get across. These tangents she goes off tend to obstruct the flow of the reader and makes the chapter more difficult to grasp. Overall, this is a good book for someone like me who has researched many topics throughout my academic years but never had a systematic way of going about it. The book will help you get a basic understanding of researching techniques but only touches the surface of most topics. Information about the book: Bell, Judith: Doing your research project. A guide for first-time researchers in edu-cation, health and social science. 4th edition. Open University Press: Maidenhead, United Kingdom, 2005. Available on for around 20 euros plus more
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