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Sociology and Social Policy: Research support

Research Books

Web of Science - Researchers - Showcase your work for promotion, funding, etc.

Web of ScienceWebinar

Every Researcher needs to showcase their work 

BOB GREEN (Solution Consultant, Clarivate)

Do you want to raise your profile for promotion, tenure and funding applications? Learn how to build your online researcher identity, showcase your work and demonstrate your scholarly impact to get noticed by evaluators. Watch this session to learn all about the Author Records new features, including open peer review. Please click on the link below.

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)

Online research books

UKZN Research Office

This site provides access to all UKZN research related policies as well as funding

UKZN Library Video on Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

A tutorial video on Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). Please click on the link.

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