What are the essentials for undergraduates and postgraduates engaged in quantitative and qualitative research? How can the gap between formulating a research question and carrying out research be bridged? This accessible, well-judged text provides students with a matchless introduction to generic research skills. It is uncluttered, direct and unpatronizing. Key features of the book are: - Accessibility - Clarification of key issues and problem solving guidance - Demonstration of the importance of interplay between theory and research - Realism in defining essential research issues and the problems that researchers encounter. `It is not the case that anyone can do social research", most research requires training. Here Malcolm Williams provides such training.. Helpful and often humorous' - Roger Sapsford, University of Teesside"

Reporting Findings

In this chapter:

  • Audiences and the ways research is reported
  • Disseminating research
  • Styles of presentation
  • What can and cannot be claimed
  • The visual presentation of data
  • Writing a research report

To be a good researcher you must present your findings clearly and rigorously – to help others make sense of your social research. Like so much else in social research, the more often you do it the better you get. This chapter, as was the case in the previous ones, is not about giving you the perfect recipe or algorithm, but about where to start from and what kind of things to consider. It is intended to be practical rather than discursive, though this does not imply that there is no debate about the best way of doing this.

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