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The research process

Select a research topic

  • Maintain your interest throughout the life of the project.
  • Be achievable given the available resources and/or data.
  • Make a significant contribution to your field, or the wider community.

Review the literature

  • Background reading will help establish context for the research.
  • The literature review should include a broad selection of current, credible materials published in your topic area.

Focus your research

  • Identify the general area for investigation.
  • Set clear objectives for the research.
  • Determine the approach to the research.