Examples of introductions to research papers

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Related Web links The references and links on these pages have been collected and reviewed by Colin Robson. They will be examples of introductions to research papers on a regular basis.

Most of these websites have been found by surfing the Web using Google. Apologies if any links don’t work. They all did when this material was prepared, but things change on the Web. There is, of course, nothing to stop you surfing for yourself. Take care, it can be addictive and act as a displacement activity to getting on with your project!

INTUTE: Social Sciences has been an absolutely invaluable resource for anyone carrying out a research project using social science methods. It is discussed in detail in chapter 3. A very useful and wide-ranging compendium of resources developed by Bill Trochim from Cornell. Aimed at people involved in applied social research and evaluation.

Lots of resources and links to other locations on the Web that deal in applied social research methods. Down to earth advice on completing a final year project for business students, but generally applicable. Written by Mike Hart, University of Winchester. Covers all aspects of completing projects in sociology, anthropology, politics, social policy, social work and criminology.

Edited by Malcolm Todd from Sheffield Hallam University. Wide-ranging, engagingly quirky with extensive set of links. An online resource to support student research project work in Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism by Tess Kay and Leigh Robinson, Loughborough University. A site created for librarians who find themselves needing to perform research for purposes of publication, promotion, tenure, or other reasons. Wide range of articles on different research methods and techniques.

From the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. Useful notes on keeping a research diary by Ian Hughes. Discussed in the context of an action research project but generally applicable. An Action Research E-Report from the University of Sydney. Invlauable for anyone working on a group project. Written by James Groccia, John T.

O’Connor, and Susan Vernon Gerstenfeld from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. A useful chapter on what is meant by action research and how to do it. Soft_Systems_Methodology An introduction to Checkland’s soft systems methodology, popular in business and management research. Developed by Chris Jarvis for the Business Open Learning Archive Project. Provides a general discussion of case study methodology in the context of a specific example on the introduction of information technology at a university.

By Winston Tellis in the e-journal Qualitative Report. Another useful paper, from the e-journal Qualitative Report, on case study. Focus is on nursing research, but generally applicable. By Donna Zucker, University of Massachusetts. Brief, clear review by David Gerson, North Carolina State University.

Includes a wide range of articles, papers and reports. Links to methods, also to data, e-mail lists, other resources. List of handbooks and texts which are available in their entirety online. Most are multi-chapter documents focusing on how to do evaluation-related subjects. A list of free resources for methods in evaluation and social research. The focus is on how to do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews and other methods. Most of the extensive links are to resources that can be read over the Web.