Research Skills: Issues in Choosing a Research Topic for Your Dissertation


This lecture addresses core issues in choosing a research topic for undergraduate and first time researchers to consider. Often final year undergraduate students find this task a difficult one. Step by step the the lecture connects the student to core concepts, pressure points and key readings to foster their idea and focus their decision.

Benefit of this resource and how to make the best use of it

Taking a year-long view the lecture focuses on: how to generate a research question from a general topic of interest, how to plan a literature review, how to self-monitor one’s own thinking as the conception of the research project takes form, and how to pay attention to ethical and feasibility issues as they arise in the course of planning a research design. Where appropriate the note series indicates key readings relevant to each core component of the lecture, for students to develop their understanding in self-study time.

Related OER

This workbook takes the student on a conceptual journey aiding their understanding of what is meant by the quantitative-qualitative research process in contemporary legal empirical research. Although, of interest to social science students, the particular worked examples relate to how to do research on law, legal policy and review.

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