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‘Written in an authoritative and accessible style, this is a must-read for anyone planning, researching and writing a doctoral thesis or dissertation. I will certainly be recommending this book to my research students.’- Professor Goeffrey Elliott, University of Worcester‘Paul’s book was a lifeline during my doctorate: it is now the first book that I recommend for my research students! His book is easily accessible, full of practical advice, and provides useful study strategies to carefully guide you - this third edition is a valuable asset wherever you are on your doctoral journey.’- Dr Scott Buckler, University of WorcesterBased on his extensive experience as a successful thesis supervisor, Paul Oliver shows you how to turn your notes and data into a finished thesis or dissertation.Fully up-to-date ...


In this chapter we discuss strategies for writing an account of the methodology of the research. We explain how the definition of the sample and the collection of data follow from the specification of the aims. You examine some of the terminology used in writing about methodology, and explore ways of discussing the strengths and limitations of research methods. Finally, there is an evaluation of methods of discussing research ethics.

Study Strategies

Imagine that you have been approached to be an interviewee for a research study. Try to think of some of the things you would like to know before you agreed to take part. Here are some initial questions which you might ask:

  • Have the researchers provided me with any form of identification?
  • Do I ...
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