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Consumer Finance Research Methods Project | IMTFI | UCI Social Sciences

Consumer Finance Research Methods Project | IMTFI | UCI Social Sciences | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it
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This great resource is a how-to kit for people interested in studying money and finance from ground-up, especially in the developing world. Includes detailed how-to info and reflective discussions of limitations and advantages of each method.

Methods discussed include: observations, interviews, SNA, object-centred interviews, financial diaries, games, randomised control trials, experiments, etc...
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Geeky software stuff for qual analysis

Geeky software stuff for qual analysis | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

Part of the Qualitative Innovations in CAQDAS (QUIC) project from University of Surrey, this site covers a range of resources for researchers doing software-enabled qualitative data analysis.

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Looking for an alternative to Nvivo? Check out this comprehensive resource from USurrey about computational software for qualitative data analysis; discusses loads of different programmes, approaches and methods.

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Academic Phrasebank

Academic Phrasebank | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it
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Contains hundreds of academic phrases, syntax and sentence constructions, filed under categories like  'Prepositional phrases indicating causality' and 'Signalling transition'. Surprisingly useful!

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Contains hundreds of academic phrases, syntax and sentence constructions, filed under categories like  'Prepositional phrases indicating causality' and 'Signalling transition'. Surprisingly useful!

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Digital Qualitative Research Methods

Digital Qualitative Research Methods | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

"This four-volume set brings together the most important and influential articles that have been published in this area and which enable the reader to understand the implications of digital technology for all aspects and phases of qualitative research design and dissemination."

 

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The Secret Shame of the Scholarly Writer

The Secret Shame of the Scholarly Writer | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

"Most of us try to hide writing problems, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few resources that helped me face my challenges head on." (From Chronicle of HE Vitae)

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Finding Life After Academia — and Not Feeling Bad About It

Finding Life After Academia — and Not Feeling Bad About It | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

Interesting article from the New York Times about the "post-ac" and "alt-ac" scene... "The past few years have seen a surge in efforts to connect Ph.D.’s with gratifying employment outside the ivory tower, and even to rethink doctoral education itself."

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The Reality of Writing a Good Book Proposal

The Reality of Writing a Good Book Proposal | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

"Once the crazy submissions are shooed away, publishers are left with a bunch of equally viable candidates." Excellent advice on getting a book deal, from the Chronicle of Higher Education

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Hack the Dissertation

Hack the Dissertation | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

Videos and proceedings from a conference on alternative dissertation/thesis formats. A bit OTT, but interesting

 

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Grounded Theory Institute

Grounded Theory Institute | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

Everything you ever wanted to know about the methodology called grounded theory (or Barney Glaser's specific version of it).

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Economic and Social Data Service (UK)

A veritable treasure trove of socio-economic and socio-cultural data on the UK population. Brings together more than 5000 datasets

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U of Manchester: what is a dissertation?

U of Manchester: what is a dissertation? | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

Brief intro to the various elements of the thesis (dissertation) journey: topic, proposals, lit reviews, abstracts, methods, findings, etc. Written from a humanities perspective

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Structure in Research Methods

This slide+lecture presentation from Prof Tom Wilson, an information science scholar, is really interesting: identifies a set of problems and issues that cut across humanities/social science research

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Guest Post: Thoughts on “How to Get a Postdoc Position” Part I

Guest Post: Thoughts on “How to Get a Postdoc Position” Part I | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it
Today's guest post is brought to you by three post-docs:  Amy Boddy, PhD, Arizona State University,  Michelle Kline, PhD, Arizona State University & Simon Fraser University, and Hillary Lenfesty, PhD, Arizona State University Part I. The what, why, and where’s of a postdoc position. When we first spotted graduation on the horizon and realized, “OMG.…
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7 mistakes I made when I published my academic book

7 mistakes I made when I published my academic book | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it
I’m proud of the book I published from my doctoral dissertation, really I am. I think it’s well researched and well writ…
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GLOBAL SOCIAL THEORY

GLOBAL SOCIAL THEORY | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it
This site is intended as a free resource for students, teachers, academics, and others interested in social theory and wishing to understand it in global perspective.
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How to read a paper | The BMJ

On this page you will find links to articles in the BMJ [British Medical Journal] that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers:

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An interesting perspective on research from the medical field

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How not to write a PhD thesis

How not to write a PhD thesis | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it
In this guide, Tara Brabazon gives her top ten tips for doctoral failure
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Some strong opinions and sage advice from Prof Brabazon

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Notes from an editor: Great books aren’t written, they’re re-written

Notes from an editor: Great books aren’t written, they’re re-written | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it
—Ilene Kalish All editors love books. At some point in our lives we fell in love with words, sentences, and stories. It happened early for me. In elementar
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The Thesis Whisperer

The Thesis Whisperer | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

Fantastic site run out of RMIT, overflowing with useful advice and insider info on the reality of PhD research

 

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An extremely useful source of advice and information, highly recommended...

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NCRM Methods Review Papers

NCRM Methods Review Papers | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

A series of thought-provoking papers on various aspects of social science methodology. Papers on visual methods, mixed methods, event history analysis, partnership research, etc... From the UK's National Centre for Research Methods

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The Double Social Life of Methods

The Double Social Life of Methods | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

Very interesting paper on methods and social science, by John Law, Evelyn Ruppert and Mike Savage. Reflective and provocative.

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Optimizing Research Productivity for ECRs

Optimizing Research Productivity for ECRs | PhD research toolkit | Scoop.it

For those about to embark on the post-PhD/early-career rat race, this thread from the Chronicle of HEd forums has some great advice

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