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Managing your research project



  1. Select a topic of interest to you and which can realistically be researched.
  2. Write a proposal for your research.
  3. Carry out an initial literature search to see what information is available around this subject area and to put your particular ideas in context.
  4. Define your research question or hypothesis in a way which is clear and unambiguous.
  5. Devise a research schedule based on the available amount of time.
  6. Keep careful records of the whole research process.
  7. Review the relevant literature by defining particular parameters for your research.
  8. Keep a record of all the literature/information sources you have consulted.
  9. Treat your supervisor as a valuable resource.
  10. Familiarise yourself with the different approaches to research.
  11. Build up a list of key contacts.
  12. Meet with others regularly to talk through your research experiences but be careful to avoid conversations which might be interpreted as collusion. Remember it is not unusual to experience difficulties.
  13. Make a list of the possible ethical issues that you need to think about.
  14. Decide what you mean by confidentiality and anonymity.
  15. Read through a code of ethical conduct in research that has been produced by a professional association appropriate to your discipline.