Select a Research Topic
The topic you select should:
• Be of interest to you, so you stay motivated throughout the research.
• Be achievable given the resources and/or data available.
• Make a significant contribution to your area.
Review the Literature
Reading relevant literature will be important throughout your research.
Background reading will help establish the context of the research.
The literature review should include a current, credible materials published in your area.
Focus your Research
Progressing your research from a general concept to a specific query will:
Identify the general area for investigation.
Set clear objectives for the research.
Determine the approach to the research.
• Is the information reliable and error-free?
• Is there an editor or someone who checks the information?
• What are the author’s qualifications for writing on this subject?
• What are the topics included in the work?
• Is the content of the work up-to-date?
• Is the publication date clearly labelled?
• Broken links are one measure of an out-of-date page
• Is the information presented with a minimum of bias?
• To what extent is the information trying to sway the opinion of the audience?
The purpose of a research proposal is to present and justify the need to study a research problem and to present the practical ways in which the research should be conducted. All research proposals should address the following questions:
What do you plan to accomplish?
Why do you want to do it?
How are you going to do it?
Research proposals are written for a variety of reasons, including, budget requests for the research or certification requirements for research.
The main elements of a research proposal are:
A literature review is a thorough and methodical study of existing research information on a specific topic.
The purpose is to:
• identify key information relevant to a topic
• assess the quality of existing research
• examine support for alternative theories or arguments
• evaluate research methods used in past research
Whether you are writing a thesis by research or by publication, you will need to explore previous and current literature.
Consult your Subject Librarian for help on starting your literature review.
Primary sources are original materials.
Secondary sources describe or analyze the primary sources.
Tertiary sources are indexes and/or textual consolidations of primary and secondary sources.