Undertaking Your Research Project

Essential Guidance for Undergraduates and Postgraduates

If you are about to undertake a research project and in need of some guidance then this free companion website, accompanying the eTextbook on ‘Undertaking your research project’ is recommended for you. This useful book is not intended to be a comprehensive volume on research methods, but rather a short, practical guide with tips and suggested activities relating to key stages of the research process. A range of topics is covered, from planning your first steps in planning your research through to writing the final report. The book is available on Amazon.

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Available to buy: printed book / Kindle ebook

Undertaking Your Research Project

Ebook companion website

If you are about to undertake a research project and in need of some guidance then this free companion website, accompanying the eTextbook on ‘Undertaking your research project’ is recommended for you. This useful book is not intended to be a comprehensive volume on research methods, but rather a short, practical guide with tips and suggested activities relating to key stages of the research process. A range of topics is covered, from your first steps in planning your research through to writing the final report. The book is available on Amazon (see link above).

This website has been created as a companion to the eTextbook and takes forward the themes of each chapter by providing additional reading and sources of information as well as an opportunity to join a discussion with fellow readers. There are video and audio clips from the authors and other experts as well as links to further digital tools and resources.

Essential guidance in getting started for undergraduates and postgraduates

Using the ebook and website together

The website and book are designed to be used in tandem, to provide readers with a rich experience of hearing first hand from a range of academics, and exploring relevant digital resources.

It is recommended that after reading each chapter of the book readers should refer to the section of the website devoted to that chapter and select the activities and resources of interest. You may also wish to register and take the opportunity to contribute to the suggestions and frequently asked questions section.

The website and book are here to support you and we wish you every success with your dissertation.

about the AUTHORS

‘Undertaking your research project’ is co-authored by Keith Smyth, Frank Rennie, Gareth Davies, Matt Sillars and Amy Woolvin.

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Keith Smyth

Professor of Pedagogy at University of the Highlands and Islands

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Frank Rennie

Professor of Sustainable Rural Development, Assistant Principal of Lews Castle College, UHI

How to Write a Research Dissertation

Essential Guidance in Getting Started for Undergraduates and Postgraduates

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Available to buy: printed book / Kindle ebook

If you are about to embark on a research dissertation and in need of some guidance then this free companion website, accompanying the eTextbook on ‘How to write a research dissertation’ is for you. This easy-to-engage-with book is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on dissertation-writing, but rather a short, practical guide with tips and suggested activities relating to key stages of the process. A range of topics is covered, from first steps in understanding research through to writing the final report.

Succession Planning in Community Land Trusts

Sustainability and volunteers in the third sector

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This book explores the issues in relation to planning for the future in community land trusts by exploring the role and remit of the volunteers, particularly on trust boards but also across the third sector. The study was first published as a dissertation by the author as part of as MSc in Sustainable Rural Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands. It will be of interest to an individual or organisation heavily dependent on a volunteer workforce to function.

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Research ethics guidebook

Research ethics guidebook; a very useful set of resources for social scientists, packed with useful information and further links. Go to resource

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Discourse analysis

A detailed paper giving a good summary of the varieties and potential applications of discourse analysis as a research method in social science. The paper gives a clear explanation of the context of this method and has an extensive bibliography suggesting further reading. Go to resource

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Participatory action research

A great deal has been written about the use of participatory action research and this short article gives a good summary of many of the key points. Also has useful links for further reading. Go to resource

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Case study research

A short guide to using case studies as a research method in social science (using examples from health care, in this instance). Go to resource

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