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Managing time and resources

Chapter 4, Page 79

All research is constrained by time and resources:

  • Work out a timetable, preferably in conjunction with your supervisor and the final deadline for delivering your research
  • Detail the stages of your research:
    • E.g. the literature review, data collection (including piloting instruments), data analysis and writing up
    • Some stages are ongoing, e.g. searching the literature for new references will remain throughout your project
  • Find out what, if any, resources your institution can put at your disposal for carrying out your research, e.g.:
    • travel costs, photocopying, secretarial assistance, printing, stationery
    • hardware such as digital recorders
    • software, such as SPSS, or NVivo and RefWorks

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