It can be daunting to begin conducting your own research, especially if you’re new to it, so here are some things to keep in mind when you’re conducting your own research.
- Ask for help – If you don’t know who to speak to, ask! Subject librarians are a great place to start. One of the best things about Lincoln is there is probably an expert on your topic or research method who is willing to speak to you.
- Plan your time – When you’re working on big projects like a dissertation or a research paper, it is easy to let time get away from you, so plan your time right from the beginning so you have tasks to complete each week.
- Build on your literature review – It can be easy to get an idea in your head and want to run with it but make sure you’re checking the existing literature first.
- Choose a method you’re comfortable with – Quantitative research is concerned with facts, figures and numbers – it’s very black and white. Qualitative research is more about understanding and describing a topic – it’s more about interpretation.