How To Research: A Step-By-Step Guide


I adapted this from How To Research by Blaxter, Hughes & Tight, which is a really useful book which I thoroughly recommend for anyone who’s on an academic career path.

Obviously each of these needs to be adapted slightly to your own needs, and expanded upon where necessary, but it’s a good place to start, especially for the social sciences.

Rough research idea

Research statement or hypothesis

Research outline

Decisions about information-gathering techniques

Participant observation / interviews / questionnaires / documentary analysis

Decisions about sources of information

Research design

Getting the information

Recording the data

Analysing the data

Writing the paper

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