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Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS): Research support

This subject support guide includes the following discipline: The Centre for Culture, Media & Society

Literature searching

Find out how to search for information and develop a search strategy.

Steps in the research process

 
Identify the research area
What kind of research are you doing and what is the research question/s and / or hypothesis that you wish to answer?

Design the research study
There are various broad types of research which may be qualitative or quantitative and each requires a particular methodology:

Undertake a preliminary literature review and draw up a research proposal for your supervisor. Check whether ethical clearance is needed

Carry out research
Know your library collection in both print and electronic, know the tools for searching for information and understand how to evaluate resources. Situate your research within current research. Collect your evidence to answer your research question. Click on the Books, Journals, Databases and Theses tabs above for more information on sources of information and tools. A very useful  brief guide to aspects of the literature review and types of reviews etc has been put together by Chimene Tucker of the Unviersity of S California.
 
Analyse research results
What does your research / data collection tell you and in relation to your research question?
 
Publish research results
In what format / style must your thesis be written; ensure your referencing is correct and you have avoided plagiarism (click on the Referencing tab above)

UKZN Research Office

Existing theses are a good guide to format, style, methodology and references

Click on the Theses tab above for links to theses collections at UKZN, South Africa and beyond.

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