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Education: Research support

What is research?

"Research is to see what everyone else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought." - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Additional Resources

SAGE Research Methods Online



Useful Links

Learning @ UKZN - Education Postgraduate support group:

This site contains research support material for postgraduate students.  Some of the research related topics on this site are: Searching for the literature and reading, proposal writing, the literature review, method and methodology, theoretical frameworks and more.

Other resources:

Research process


Identify the research area:

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

Design the research study:

  • Undertake a preliminary literature review and draw up a research proposal for your supervisor.
  • Get to know your librarian and find out about the research support tools and resources available through the library. Start using Endnote to save your references.
  • Select an appropriate research methodology.
  • Check whether ethical clearance is needed for the research.
  • Situate your research within current research.

Carry out research:

  • Collect the evidence to answer your research question.

Analyse research results:

  • Identify what your research data reveals in relation to your research question.

Publish research results:

  • Identify the format and style in which your thesis must be written.
  • Ensure your referencing is correct and you have avoided plagiarism.

Research methodology eBooks

Research methods books

Please search the library catalogue (icatalogue) for additional resources.

Booth, A. (2012). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 001.42 BOO]

Cohen, L. (2011). Research methods in education, 7th ed. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf  No. 370.78 COH]

Creme, P. (2008). Writing at university : a guide for students, 3rd ed. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 808.042 CRE]

Creswell, J. W. (2012). Educational research: planning, conducting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research, 4th ed. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No.370.72 CRE]

Creswell, J. W. (2001). Designing and conducting mixed methods research, 2nd ed. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 001.42 CRE]

Denzin, N. K. (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research, 4th ed. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 300.72 SAG]

Denzin, N. K. (2008 ). Collecting and intepreting qualitative materials, 3rd ed. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 300.72 COL]

De Vos, A.S. (2011). Research at grass roots: for the social sciences and human services professions, 4th ed. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 300.72 DEV]

Hart, C. (2001). Doing a literature search: a comprehensive guide for the social sciences. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 025.52 HAR]

Levin, P. (2004). Write great essays! : a guide to reading and essay writing for undergraduates and taught postgraduates. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 808.066 LEV]

Mouton, J. (2001). How to succeed in your master's and doctoral studies: a South African guide and resource book. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 808.02 MOU]
Murray, Neil. (2008). Writing up your university assignment and research projects : a practical handbook. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 808.02 MUR]
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