How can an organisation, public or private, ensure that it always operates in top form and, at the very least, meets the objectives for which it was established? The answer lies in the availability of factually correct, dependable and appropriate data. Obtaining such data is what this publication is about. Introduction to research offers a step-by-step approach to the fundamentals of research.
Introduction to research guides the novice researcher through the research process, including how to choose the appropriate research methodology and how to adhere to the standards for conducting ethical research. It provides a synopsis of the entire research process, including the formulation of a research proposal.
Contents include the following:
· Ethical practices in research
· Sources for scientific research topics
· Demarcation of the research problem
· Formulating a hypothesis
· Preparing for a literature review and the development of a theoretical framework
· Writing the research proposal
· Preliminary investigation and research techniques
· Data analysis
· Writing the research report
Introduction to research is aimed at all students and researchers, across a variety of disciplines.
Chapter 1 The attributes of research
Chapter 2 Ethical practices in research
Chapter 3 Types of and approaches to research
Chapter 4 Sources for scientific research topics
Chapter 5 Demarcation of the research problem
Chapter 6 Formulating a hypothesis
Chapter 7 Preparing for a literature review and the development of a theoretical framework
Chapter 8 Writing the research proposal
Chapter 9 Principles of the research process and types of research methodologies
Chapter 10 Preliminary investigation and research techniques
Chapter 12 Technical aspects of report writing
Chapter 13 Writing the research report
Chapter 14 Attributes of academic writing
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