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Sample Size Calculators

A key issue in quantitative methods is ‘How many participants is enough…” Debates on validity and reliability often hang on concepts such as ‘effect size’ and ‘power’. Linked to this is the issue of participant numbers. This can be perplexing and confusing, but there are handy online calculators which can

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This is an online App which is very powerful. It allows you to ‘clip’ websites, add photographs and then organise your research notes around topics. You can create to-do lists and timelines. All hyperlinks in web clips are maintained and text in photographs is even recognised – you can take

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A very popular way to think your way around a project which is not based on linear flow charts and ‘lists’ is mind- mapping. There are a lot of Apps out there for this but ‘xmind’ is very popular and flexible. Integrates with Microsoft Office. Go to resource

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SPSS for beginners

This video provides an introduction to SPSS/PASW. It shows how to navigate between Data View and Variable View, and shows how to modify properties of variables. Go to resource

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Getting started with your research

The University of British Columbia have put together this UBC wikki which is a step-by-step guide with a video clip, to getting started with your research. It is a great resource for planning your research. Getting Started Brainstorming Focussing on a Topic Information Sources More Help Go to resource

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about the AUTHORS

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

Keith Smyth

Keith Smyth

Professor of Pedagogy at University of the Highlands and Islands

Frank Rennie

Frank Rennie

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

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