The Research Student's Guide to Success.

Cryer, Pat.
Buckingham : McGraw-Hill Education, 2006.
1 online resource (289 pages)
3rd ed.
UK Higher Education OUP Humanities and Social Sciences Study Skills Ser.
UK Higher Education OUP Humanities and Social Sciences Study Skills Ser.

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A tool for postgraduate research students and for students at various levels working on research projects, irrespective of their field of study. It takes into account: QAA Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Programmes; recommendations of Roberts Review; needs of growing number of 'overseas' research students; and more.
Front cover
Half title
Title page
List of figures
Preface to the third edition
Chapter 1 Why and how to use this book
Why use this book?
How and why the book can help, whatever your degree programme
How and why the book can help, whatever your background and experience
How and why the book can help in your topic and discipline
How and why the book can help outside the United Kingdom
How the book can help in the face of rapid changes in postgraduate education
How and why the book can make a real difference to your research programme
The best order to work through the chapters
What the book does and does not do
What else should you know?
Chapter 2 Exploring routes, opportunities and funding
The profusion of postgraduate awards
Credit rating at postgraduate level
Modes of postgraduate registration
Fees and sources of funding
Choosing the type of course or programme
Is postgraduate research right for you?
Making a short list of possible institutions
Towards a research topic
Chapter 3 Making an application
The importance of pre-registration groundwork
Timing first contacts with an institution
Being interviewed for a place
Checking out supervisory matters
Agreeing work with or for an outside organization
Handling other formalities
Making an application
Handling an offer
Using waiting time constructively
Chapter 4 Producing the research proposal
The requirement to write one's own research proposal
How the research proposal helps everyone concerned
The limitations of a research proposal
Essential elements of a research proposal
Fleshing out the research proposal
Putting boundaries on the research proposal
The writing style of the research proposal
Issues of time when preparing a research proposal.
Adapting the proposal to apply for a small grant or other funds
Chapter 5 Settling in and taking stock
The importance of settling in quickly
Using induction events profitably
Taking advantage of 'office' facilities on-campus
Setting yourself up with office facilities off-campus
Getting to know the academic staff
Getting to know the people in the 'community'
Getting to know how things work in the department
Using public and other libraries
Identifying national and international sources of support
Chapter 6 Interacting with supervisors
The importance of student-supervisor relationships
The composition of supervisory teams
Points to watch for with team supervision
Roles and responsibilities of supervisors and students
The developing nature of supervision
Arranging meetings with a supervisor
Making the most of meetings with supervisors
Keeping records of meetings with supervisors
Asking a supervisor for feedback and advice
Responding to feedback and criticism from a supervisor
Handling dissatisfaction with supervision
Chapter 7 Reading round the subject: working procedures
Why the work of others is important
Identifying and accessing relevant material
Reading purposefully and effectively
Bibliographic management software
Systems and styles for citing sources
Using literature in your own work
Implications for a 'Literature survey/Review'
The distinction between a 'References' section and a 'Bibliography'
Chapter 8 Reading round the subject: evaluating quality
The importance of being able to evaluate the work of others
Issues to consider when evaluating the work of others
How do they use terms like 'research area', 'topic', 'theme', 'focus', 'hypothesis' and 'problem'?
How do they use research methodologies?.
How do they demonstrate academic argument, academic discourse and scholarship?
How do they use literature?
What is their claim for original work?
What is their claim for significant work?
What is their claim for the reliability of their work?
What is their claim for the validity of their work?
The nature of 'truth': research paradigms and frameworks
The 'traditional' research paradigm
The 'interpretivist' research paradigm
How appropriately are works of others set into research paradigms?
The benchmark for quality
Where next?
Chapter 9 Handling ethical issues
The place of ethics in research
Towards an ethical research proposal
Getting the research proposal approved for ethical considerations
The ethics of ownership in research: conflicts of interest
The ethics of ownership of the work of others: plagiarism
Avoiding 'unintentional' plagiarism
What to do if you meet malpractice and fraud
Subject-specific ethical guidelines
Chapter 10 Managing influences of personal circumstances
The influences of personal circumstances and the need to adjust
The full-time/part-time divide
Being a 'mature' student
Working away from the institution
Undertaking research with or for an outside organization
Undertaking teaching in the institution and being a 'graduate teaching assistant'
Staff or student status?
Fitting research into and around other paid employment
Handling effects on family life
Handling effects of living accommodation
Coping with disability
Handling illness, financial difficulties and other emergencies
Other influential personal circumstances
The three necessities: health, motivation and support
Chapter 11 Succeeding as an 'overseas' research student
The challenges of being a postgraduate research student outside your home country.
Preparing yourself while still at home
Selecting a suitable institution
Funding issues and their implications
Timing the application
The challenge of working in another language
The challenge of thinking independently
Other possible challenges
Chapter 12 Managing your skills development
The importance of skills
The characteristics of a skill
The process of becoming skilled
The transferability of skills
Ways of thinking about the skills developed in postgraduate research
Recognizing the skills that you will develop in your own research
A do-it-yourself training needs analysis/skills audit
The joint statement on skills by the UK Research Councils
Collecting and using evidence to demonstrate skills proficiency
Locating suitable training
'Personal development planning' (PDP)
The place of PDP in formal assessment processes
Chapter 13 Planning out the work
The value of working to a plan
Planning in the long/short term
The project management approach to planning
The critical path approach to planning
Developing a style of plan for your own use
Identifying what is to go into a plan
Planning extended work on location
Coping with things not going according to plan
Abandoning a plan
Chapter 14 Getting into a productive routine
The importance of a productive routine
Maintaining a sense of direction: roles in which researchers need to operate
Keeping records of ongoing work
Finding out where your time goes
Using time efficiently when supervisions and seminars are cancelled
Matching the task to the time-slot
Handling interruptions
Coping with information overload
Managing time at home with partners and family
Managing time at the computer and on the Internet
Attending training
Using departmental research seminars.
Networking and serendipity
Keeping 'office hours' versus using the 'psychological moment'
Keeping 'office hours' versus keeping going for hours at a time
Matching your approach to your preferred learning style
Using music to manage yourself
Directing your research to suit your personal needs and preferences
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Being realistic with yourself
Chapter 15 Cooperating with others for mutual support
The importance of mutual help and support
Receiving advice, feedback and criticism
Accepting or rejecting advice, feedback and criticism
The rights and wrongs of using help from other people
Looking after one's intellectual property when helping other people
Supporting and getting support from other students
Getting advice from academics in the department
Soliciting help from experts in other institutions
Getting support from family and friends
Getting support from colleagues in the workplace
Giving advice, feedback and criticism
Chapter 16 Producing progress reports
The importance of reports during the research programme
Developing the content of a report
Structuring the report
Using basic word processing features to aid structuring
Constructing the introductory paragraph as an orientation to the report
Constructing the final paragraph for effective closure of the report
Citing literature
Adding figures and tables
Adding appendices
Developing an academic writing style
Making the writing process more effective and efficient
Capitalizing on all the features of word processing software
Using reports to get feedback and advice
Towards writing the thesis
Chapter 17 Giving presentations on your work
The value of giving presentations
Identifying the purposes of a presentation
Developing the content of a presentation.
Developing the structure of a presentation.
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