This workbook is a short introduction to research and research methods and will outline some, but not all, key areas of research and research methods:
Stages of the research process
Background reading & information gathering
Ethical issues in research
This workbook does not cover a number of important areas of the research process, particularly
Writing up the research
There are, however, books to assist you in these two important areas, and to take your general understanding of research and research methods beyond the introductory notes in his booklet; see page 44. Students should also consult their own course guidelines on writing research up the results of their research projects.
Research can be one of the most interesting features of any degree course as it offers you a measure of control and autonomy over what you learn. It gives you an opportunity to confirm, clarify, pursue – or even discover – new aspects of a subject or topic you are interested in.
RESEARCH IS… … a process of enquiry and investigation; it is systematic, methodical and ethical; research can help solve practical problems and increase knowledge.