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Organizing and managing your research: a practical guide for postgraduates

This is a first edition of a new book designed to help postgraduate students manage and organise their research projects. As a current PhD student and supervisor of undergraduate and postgraduate students, I was intrigued to see what this book could offer.

A regular look at recent publications relevant to health care and nursing research

The book is designed for research students of all levels, abilities, backgrounds and disciplines as an introduction to some of the issues that they are likely to encounter when conducting research. It contains 13 chapters with an accompanying interactive website support package from which readers can download additional materials using a password from the book. At present, these materials are limited, although the authors suggest that this resource will grow with time and request suggestions from readers.

There are two prominent themes to the book. The first (chapters one to six) is developing the researcher to successfully undertake research. It discusses elements such as: supervision, organising the work environment, project planning and management, and effective communication.

The second theme (chapters seven to thirteen) focuses on conducting research. This covers: literature searching and organising,

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A regular look at recent publications relevant to health care and nursing research

The book is designed for research students of all levels, abilities, backgrounds and disciplines as an introduction to some of the issues that they are likely to encounter when conducting research. It contains 13 chapters with an accompanying interactive website support package from which readers can download additional materials using a password from the book. At present, these materials are limited, although the authors suggest that this resource will grow with time and request suggestions from readers.

There are two prominent themes to the book. The first (chapters one to six) is developing the researcher to successfully undertake research. It discusses elements such as: supervision, organising the work environment, project planning and management, and effective communication.

The second theme (chapters seven to thirteen) focuses on conducting research. This covers: literature searching and organising, data organisation and analysis, enhancing writing skills and finally dissemination strategies.

One of the strengths of the book is its style and presentation. It is easy to read and has nicely formatted sections, such as ‘Want to know more?’ (links to further information), practical tips and ‘Over to you’ (questions and tasks) in each chapter.

It is an ideal reader for someone who is thinking about starting a research project with no or limited previous experience. This is because it outlines the whole research process from start to finish. It also provides useful tips for those who are more experienced. At first glance I thought that the book may be too simplistic, but having read it there are a number of tips that I will use and others I wish to know more about.

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