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Starting a research project, however large or small, can be a daunting prospect. New researchers can be confronted with a huge number of options not only of topic, but of conceptual underpinning. Psychology also has links with several other disciplines and it is possible to utilize their techniques; the difficulty is quite simply the wide variety of methodological approaches that psychological research embraces. In this collection, authors have been recruited to explain a wide range of different research strategies and theories with examples from their own work. Their successes as well as the problems they encountered are explained to provide a comprehensive and practical guide for all new researchers. The text should be a help to undergraduates about to start final year projects and for all those thinking of graduate level research.
John Haworth is a Lecturer in Psychology at Manchester University with research interests in mental health, work and leisure.