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Designing and managing your research project

THIS TEXT book is aimed at providing new researchers in health and social care with a general introduction to the fundamental elements of managing a research project. It offers 14 detailed chapters that examine a range of issues that apply to conducting research, including software skills, developing research objectives, writing proposals, doing literature reviews, working with colleagues and supervisors. While appropriate theoretical insights are provided the emphasis is on practical application and the book is particularly useful in this regard.

As the authors suggest, the book provides an introduction to a broad range of related research issues, therefore researchers would need to read from additional resources provided to gain a deeper understanding of specific elements of research. Nonetheless, this brief introduction is useful and sufficient for novice researchers planning research projects and preparing research proposals and acts as a suitable handbook.

Chapters on writing and literature review and writing for publication are particularly useful. The only alteration I would suggest for further UK editions is to translate budget examples from dollars to either pounds sterling or Euro. The budget example provided is modest. A more realistic figure appropriate to a UK setting would provide a better example for junior researchers.

The book is written in plain English and is engaging and pleasant to read. I would recommend it as an essential introductory text for novice researchers in health and social

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As the authors suggest, the book provides an introduction to a broad range of related research issues, therefore researchers would need to read from additional resources provided to gain a deeper understanding of specific elements of research. Nonetheless, this brief introduction is useful and sufficient for novice researchers planning research projects and preparing research proposals and acts as a suitable handbook.

Chapters on writing and literature review and writing for publication are particularly useful. The only alteration I would suggest for further UK editions is to translate budget examples from dollars to either pounds sterling or Euro. The budget example provided is modest. A more realistic figure appropriate to a UK setting would provide a better example for junior researchers.

The book is written in plain English and is engaging and pleasant to read. I would recommend it as an essential introductory text for novice researchers in health and social care.

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