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9. Writing a Research Proposal

9. Writing a Research Proposal  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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10.1093/hepl/9780198811060.003.0009
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Before starting a dissertation, it is common practice to have to write a research proposal. Not only does a research proposal help make sense of the student’s own project and what it will ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the definition of a dissertation. It then sets out the ways in which the present volume can help students with their dissertation, i.e. ... More
15. Working with Documents

15. Working with Documents  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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Although much of the data used in social science dissertation projects is produced by interviews, surveys, and participant observation, there are other forms of data that can be used for ... More
3. Getting Started

3. Getting Started  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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This chapter examines the more practical foundations on which all research projects are built and guides students through the realities of planning and managing their dissertation. It ... More
10. Sampling

10. Sampling  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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Whether the research project adopts a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed strategy, there is little point in asking a few non-random people a few non-random questions as the student has no ... More
12. Collecting Qualitative Data

12. Collecting Qualitative Data  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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This chapter deals with qualitative data. While everyone is familiar with the idea of interviewing and observing, actually collecting qualitative data is not as easy as it might first ... More
13. Analysing Quantitative Data

13. Analysing Quantitative Data  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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This chapter discusses two approaches to analyse quantitative data: descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics allows the student to summarize and describe ... More
4. Developing a Research Idea

4. Developing a Research Idea  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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Social research is concerned with developing defensible knowledge about people and all of the things that they do. This means that the landscape for social research is both wide and varied. ... More
7. Building Your Project

7. Building Your Project  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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Once students have developed an idea, outlined a rationale for their research, and found the relevant literature, they then need to start mapping out what their project will look like. To ... More
5. Conducting a Literature Search

5. Conducting a Literature Search  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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Today, the world of research is quite literally available through the touch of a few buttons via online resaerch. But this increase in access and availability is not without its challenges. ... More
16. Evaluating Your Project

16. Evaluating Your Project  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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Critical reflection is a key part of evaluating the research project, and a dissertation that demonstrates this is likely to achieve higher marks. However, one of the first things to ... More
2. The Social Research Process

2. The Social Research Process  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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10.1093/hepl/9780198811060.003.0002
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This chapter outlines some of the basic features of social research. It introduces students to the notion that social research is a process, helps to clarify the reasons for reearch, and ... More
How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

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10.1093/hepl/9780198811060.001.0001
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How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation looks to help readers to navigate research for a project or dissertation. It starts with an introduction to the research ... More
11. Collecting Quantitative Data

11. Collecting Quantitative Data  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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10.1093/hepl/9780198811060.003.0011
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This chapter discusses the basics of collecting quantitative material. It outlines the nature of quantitative data in the context of the research process, before exploring the differences ... More
6. Reviewing the Literature

6. Reviewing the Literature  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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9780191852190
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10.1093/hepl/9780198811060.003.0006
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9780198811060
The literature review is a key component of a dissertation. It serves to contextualize the aims and objectives of the project, and in terms of the research process it helps to sensitize ... More

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