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Education Studies: Research support

Additional Resources

SAGE Research Methods Online



UKZN Research Office

Useful Links

1. 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:

2. Training videos



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.

A selection of books on research methods

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]
Vithal, R. (2010).  Designing your first research proposal : a manual for researchers in education and the social sciences. [Location: Edgewood. Shelf No. 808.0663 VIT]
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