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    • Publication date:03 Jan 2019

Introduction to Research Methods 5th Edition

A Practical Guide for Anyone Undertaking a Research Project

By Catherine Dawson

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This practical, down-to-earth guide is for researchers, students, community groups, charities or employees - in fact anyone who needs to put together research projects quickly and effectively.

Introduction to Research Methods contains everything from developing an initial idea into a proposal, through to analysing data and reporting results. Whether you have to undertake a project as part of your coursework, or as part of your employment, or simply because you are fascinated by something you have observed and want to find out more, this book offers you advice on how to turn your ideas into a workable project. Specifically it will show you how to:

*Choose your research methods
*Choose your participants
*Prepare a research proposal
*Construct questionnaires
*Conduct interviews and focus groups
*Analyse your data
*Report your findings
*Be an ethical researcher

Biographical Notes

DR CATHERINE DAWSON has worked as a researcher since the mid-1980s and has taught on research methods courses at university. She has also written extensively for academic journals on a wide range of subjects including research methodology. In this book she explains complicated issues in a way that can be understood by anyone who is interested in their topic.

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  • ISBN: 9781408711057
  • Publication date: 03 Jan 2019
  • Page count: 160
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Robinson

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Jonathan Black
Authors:
Jonathan Black

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Authors:
Gary P. Pisano

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Authors:
Graham Davey

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Authors:
Louisa Hall

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Da Capo Press

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Matthew Cutter
Authors:
Matthew Cutter

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New Harbinger

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Fredrik Livheim, Frank Bond, Daniel Ek, Bjorn Hedensjo
Authors:
Fredrik Livheim, Frank Bond, Daniel Ek, Bjorn Hedensjo

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New Harbinger

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Authors:
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Piatkus

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David Allen, Mike Williams, Mark Wallace
Authors:
David Allen, Mike Williams, Mark Wallace

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Basic Books

Rigor Mortis

Richard Harris
Authors:
Richard Harris

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Piatkus

Ask a Manager

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Authors:
Alison Green
PublicAffairs

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Antoine van Agtmael, Fred Bakker
Authors:
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Nation Books

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Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
Authors:
Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno

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Basic Books

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Authors:
David N. Schwartz
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Authors:
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Piatkus

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Authors:
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Authors:
Mark Matousek

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Piatkus

The Happiness Track

Emma Seppälä
Authors:
Emma Seppälä

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Little, Brown

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Christian Madsbjerg
Authors:
Christian Madsbjerg

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Piatkus

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Authors:
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New Harbinger

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Authors:
Greg Goode

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