RESEARCH METHODS
for undergraduate and postgraduate students

So you’re a student at university looking to do research and write a dissertation (thesis)? This book is for you. It’s an essential guide to the research process covering all stages from planning to doing to writing up and proofing.

The book also has a unique section on publishing your dissertation for those who wish to push their academic career along. Unlike other books, it does not assume that you have infinite time and resources to conduct your research. It recognises that at this level you probably have six months or less to finish the dissertation and gives practical advice on which studies are feasible and which are not.

Michael Cribb

INCLUDES A UNIQUE SECTION ON PUBLISHING YOUR DISSERTATION

Many dissertations never see the light of day again after they have been submitted—some students seem to want to forget that they ever wrote them. However publishing part or all of your dissertation can be a great way to celebrate what you have done and may be the start of your academic career in writing.

Michael Cribb

The Author

Dr Michael Cribb is Assistant Professor of English Language at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He has published widely on applied linguistics and research. He has spend most of his adult life in research in some form of other starting out initially in the chemical engineering industry climbing in and out of blast furnaces. He has over 30 years of experience in linguistics and English language teaching.

His other books include It’s Language Stupid and the sumptuous photo essay to be someone in a language. He lives in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom.

HOW TO WRITE UP YOUR DISSERTATION IN ACADEMIC STYLE

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You can design sound methods and conduct great research, but if you do not write up the dissertation well then all that good work can be lost. Writing up involves taking care not only of the language but also the structure and organisation of the chapters.

Michael Cribb

KEY RESEARCH TERMINOLOGY DEFINED IN AN ACCESSIBLE WAY

The book gets on top of the research terminology by giving concise, working definitions of the key terms, which will appeal to international students. With over 30 years of experience in leading and teaching research in a variety of fields, Dr Michael Cribb has pulled together all his wisdom and knowledge in one book to help guide students through their first big research project.

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there are many competing and overlapping definitions in the literature, and students often have difficulty sorting these out in their own minds. I have thus included clear definitions along the way of the important terms together with pronunciation guides. At the end of the book, the terminology is brought together which acts as an index with references back to each chapter.

GETTING ETHICS APPROVAL WITH WORKED SAMPLES

ethics, n. /ˈɛθɪks/
the moral principles that need to be considered when conducting research to ensure it does not harm anyone.

informed consent, n. /ɪnˈfɔːmd kənˈsɛnt/
permission given by a participant that they are happy to take part in the research after they have read the information sheet and have had a chance to ask questions.

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