Research Methodology refers to the way a researcher approaches the way a researcher approaches a problem to obtain solutions, which may also mean the way a researcher conducts the research. The approach adopted in a research has deep influence upon the findings and the solutions provided by the researcher in an attempt to bring various perspectives, dimensions and applications of findings. A major gap exists, especially for postgraduate students in universities, in the quality of research theses undertaken. A lot has been written on the subject in the past, however practical perspective on how to conduct a research has been missing. The solution obviously lies in developing a well-cemented foundation in research methods and methodology especially by students, supervisors and other research scholars. The purpose of this book is to present materials which shows the realistic and practical nuances of research methodology. It adopts a practical approach and provides solutions by using living examples in key areas of research such as statement of the problem, research objective, and conceptual and theoretical frameworks. The book is compiled in a sequence in order to meet the requirements of students, researchers and practitioners. Divided into four thematic areas, the book takes readers through the relevant concepts used in research. It covers issues relating to review of literature, in-text citations and referencing list generation through the use of Mendeley and Zotero computer software. The research methods including the research design, paradigms, data collection techniques, and data analysis are explained in depth. Data analysis software demonstration has also been incorporated. Report writing, research ethics and plagiarism issues, and scholarly publishing are covered. The book promises to fulfil the demand of a comprehensive practical research work, while adopting interdisciplinary perspective, by students, research scholars and practitioners. Readers’ prowess in research methods and methodology will be greatly enhanced once they are through with the book.
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