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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
8. Ethics

8. Ethics  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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Ethics play a vital part of the research process. They provide a set of value-based principles that enable research to be conducted in an appropriate manner. Research ethics help ensure ... 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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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
4. Asking QuestionsHow to Find and Formulate Research Questions

4. Asking Questions: How to Find and Formulate Research Questions  

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

in Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

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This chapter deals with the first step of the research process: the formulation of a well-crafted research question. It explains why political research should begin with a research question ... More
10. Historical Research

10. Historical Research  

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

in Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

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This chapter focuses on the distinctions between historical research and social scientific research, and how these are being challenged by scholars in pursuit of a genuinely ‘historical ... More
1. Political Research

1. Political Research  

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

in Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

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This text provides readers with the analytic skills and resources they need to evaluate research findings in political research, as well as the practical skills for conducting their own ... More
11. Surveys

11. Surveys  

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

in Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

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This chapter discusses the principles of survey research as well as the issues and problems associated with different stages of the research design process. In particular, it examines ... More
6. Research Design

6. Research Design  

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

in Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

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This chapter focuses on the basic principles of research design. It first considers different types of research design, including experimental designs, cross-sectional and longitudinal ... More
3. Comparative research methods

3. Comparative research methods  

Hans Keman and Paul Pennings

in Comparative Politics (4th edn)

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10.1093/hepl/9780198737421.003.0005
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This chapter examines the ‘art of comparing’ by showing how to relate a theoretically guided research question to a properly founded research answer by developing an adequate research ... 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
17. Writing Up

17. Writing Up  

Tom Clark, Liam Foster, and Alan Bryman

in How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation

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After going through the process of planning, designing, and carrying out research, the student needs to write up the project. Writing is an extremely important part of the research process ... 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
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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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
3. Objectivity and Values

3. Objectivity and Values  

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

in Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

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This chapter focuses on a key debate in the philosophy of social science: whether it is possible to separate facts and values in social science research. It first considers normative and ... More
5. Finding AnswersTheories and How to Apply Them

5. Finding Answers: Theories and How to Apply Them  

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

in Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

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This chapter shows how to develop an answer to a particular research question. It first considers the requirements and components of an answer to a research question before discussing the ... More
8. Experimental Research

8. Experimental Research  

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

in Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

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This chapter explores the principles of experimental research design as well as the issues and problems associated with different aspects of the approach. In particular, it considers the ... More
9. Comparative Research

9. Comparative Research  

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

in Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

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This chapter explores the principles of comparative research design as well as the issues and problems associated with different aspects of the approach. In particular, it considers the ... More

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