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Music Guide: Research support

Research books in print

Books on research methodology : 001.45 and 300.7...

Books on thesis writing and referencing: 808.02 +

Key texts are often kept in Academic Reserves

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

Click on the Theses tab above. The link below will take you to UKZN e theses collection


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 in music studies 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. Apply for ethical clearance.

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

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