1. General research methodology, methods and design books are located in
How to succeed in your master's and doctoral studies : a South African guide and
resource book (808.02 MOU)
2. Books on academic and thesis writing and referencing (808.06634)
Library and Information Science Books
Using qualitative methods in action research : how librarians can get to the why
of data (025.0077 COO)
Key methodology books at the Pmb main library (many new editions on order)
Babbie, E. The practice of social research. 2013 300.72 BAB (Academic Reserves)
Silverman, D. Doing qulaitative research. 2013. 300.72 SIL
Crano, W., Brewer, M and Lac, A. Principles and methods in social research 3rd ed. 2015 300.72 CRA
Flick, U. Sage handbook of qualitative data analysis. 2014 001.42 SAG
Patton, MQ. Qualitative research and evaluation methods... 2015 300.72 PAT
Teddlie, C and Tashakkori, A. Foundations of mixed methods research. 2009 300.72 TED
Research Methods Databases
There are several online publications available that will be helpful with the fundamentals of what is research, methodologies, qualitative vs quantitative; doing a literature review etc:
How to research by Blaxter, Hughes and Tight (2001 - McGrawHill). This book deals with the basics of what is research, getting started, methods, reading/literature review, data collection and analysis, writing up etc.
Undertake a preliminary literature review and draw up a research proposal for your supervisor. Check whether ethical clearance is needed
Not all journals are 'academically sound' so one needs to be aware of what to look out for when choosing a journal to publish it. The Beall's list as it was known was a compilation of predatory and suspicious journals but has been withdrawn. Here is a recent article outlining the features of such predatory journals and ones to look out for.
Ethical clearance applications are now done online via the RIG system. Every postgrad is automatically linked to RIG. Login with your UKZN login details.
Go to: https://rig.ukzn.ac.za/ and enter your login details. On the top right hand side of the next screen click on the + sign next to 'add new content' and click on 'ethics applications'. At the next screen there are two options - a humanities form and a biosciences form. There are 4 sections to fill in.
It is a good idea to have your proposal done as part of the application form requires a literature review etc which you can then copy and paste from your proposal.