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This reader-friendly book examines the ethical issues and questions that occur in university and professional research and will help both beginning and experienced researchers to identify ethical issues when they are conducting research.

The book thoroughly examines the broader ethical issues that arise throughout research, from the design stage through to data collection and analysis. It also investigates topical issues such as content, confidentiality and ethical questions in the dissemination of research. There are also discussions of ethical theories as well as case studies that highlight dilemmas and how they can be avoided or resolved.

This new edition is thoroughly updated to reflect the greater emphasis researchers must now place on ethics and includes information on:

  • Ethical concerns of the internet and technology
  • Regulatory frameworks and research governance
  • Ethical requirements of funding bodies
  • The involvement of research participants in research design
  • Codes of ethics within different disciplines
'Ethical Dialogue' and 'Ethical Dilemmas' boxes feature throughout the book in order to highlight key issues.

There are also further reading sections at the end of each chapter as well as expanded coverage of plagiarism. The Student's Guide to Research Ethics is an invaluable tool for both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as professionals who research as part of their jobs.

  • The Students' Guide to Research Ethics
    by Paul Oliver
    ISBN 0335210872 (0-335-21087-2)
    Softcover, Open University Press

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    Book summary:

    "This compact book is intended as a practical guide for students involved in research, and it fulfils that goal well. ...The chapter on 'The funding and sponsorship of research' is an excellent example of the author's willingness and ability to include relevant, sensitive and practical content that is often left out of texts on ethics. ...This is an easy book to read, it is concise and keeps to relevant content. ...It would make an excellent text for a course in research ethics and/or research methods, and it will also provide an excellent planning and self-review guide for a practising researcher." Higher Education Review

    "The book is aimed primarily at higher education students in education and the social sciences who are conducting a (typically small scale) research project. That is not to say that the publication is of little value to the supervisors of such projects or to experienced researchers as a resource. ...the successful integration of a wide range of theoretical perspectives on ethics in the text is... one of the main accomplishments of this publication" RTI Resource Centre

    This new title examines the ethical issues and questions which occur in university and professional research. The book helps both beginning and experienced researchers to identify ethical issues when they are conducting research, and attempt to resolve those issues.

    * Examines ethical issues which arise throughout research, from the design stage through to data collection and analysis
    * Investigates topical issues including consent, confidentiality, ethical questions in the dissemination of research
    * Discusses ethical theories and how these may be applied towards resolving ethical problems
    * Provides examples of ethical dilemmas and case studies throughout the text

    Insightful, wide-ranging and accessible, this title is an invaluable tool for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and professionals who research as part of their jobs.

  • Oliver, Paul: Succeeding with Your Literature Review: A Handbook for Students
  • Succeeding with Your Literature Review: A Handbook for Students (Open Up Study Skills)
    by Paul Oliver
    ISBN 0335243681 (0-335-24368-1)
    Softcover, Open University Press

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    Book summary:

    "An excellent and accessible text that will help all students and scholars to develop a strong review and enable them to outline and analyse the key ideas for their study. The structure of the book is really well thought out and the chapters are written in a way which readers will find helpful and easy to understand. I would highly recommend this book to research students."
    Professor Mark Brundrett, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

    This step-by-step handbook provides comprehensive and practical guidance on the process of researching a range of relevant literature on a subject, as well as planning and writing a literature review. The book takes a student friendly approach to offer complete novices a simple review of a process which is often central to producing a research study.

    Succeeding with your Literature Review will enable you to:

    • Design a literature review which is related to the main facets of a research project
    • Conduct a logically-planned search for relevant literature
    • Determine which literature is most suited to inclusion in your study
    • Analyse the literature, drawing comparisons and connections where appropriate
    • Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of relevant literature
    • Write logically and rationally about the key features of literature
    • Write a literature review in a sound academic style
    • Understand how to relate a literature review to other elements of your study or dissertation
    Written by an author with extensive experience of supervising and examining undergraduate, Masters and doctoral dissertations, this book covers the latest trends, such as: RSS feeds, wikis, grey literature, blogs and forms of open access publishing. The book also includes examples of common pitfalls, good practice, key terms and questions to reinforce student learning and reflection.

    Succeeding with your Literature Review is relevant in all subject areas and is essential reading for third year undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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  • Oliver, Paul: Teach Yourself 101 Key Ideas: Philosophy
  • Oliver, Paul: Teach Yourself World Faiths, New Edition
  • Teach Yourself World Faiths (Teach Yourself - General)
    by Paul Oliver
    ISBN 0340859784 (0-340-85978-4)
    Softcover, Teach Yourself Books

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    Book summary:

    Religion is a vital part of the way of life and culture of millions of people worldwide and this guide aims to help readers become familiar with 12 of the main religious faiths of the world. It uncovers the history of each faith, its belief system, scriptures and holy books, festivals and ceremonies and key religious ideas and the organization which supports it. The book is designed to present all the essential information required by a reader who has no previous knowledge of the religion, but who wants to feel confident in dealing with members of the faith community - in terms of their beliefs and attitudes and also of the practical details of their culture, ceremony, diet and moral views. As such it should be relevant to the needs of police, social workers, solicitors, businessmen, teachers and all who require sensitivity and insight in dealing with the public in a multi-faith and multi-ethnic society.

  • Oliver, Paul: World Faiths (Teach Yourself)
  • Oliver, Paul: World Religion (Teach Yourself 101 Key Ideas)
  • Writing Essays and Reports
    by Paul Oliver
    ISBN 034067010X (0-340-67010-X)
    Softcover, Teach Yourself Books

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    This guide shows students how to write first class essays and reports at college or university. It explains how to structure ideas into essays, seminar papers and reports. Advice on avoiding plagiarism and on writing introductions and conclusions is also provided.

  • Yonder Come the Blues: The Evolution of a Genre
    by Paul Oliver , Tony Russell, Robert M. W. Dixon, John Godrich, Howard Rye
    ISBN 0521782597 (0-521-78259-7)
    Hardcover, Cambridge University Press

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    Book summary:

    This book combines three influential and much-quoted books Savannah Syncopators; Blacks, Whites and Blues and Recording the Blues, updated with additional new essays, which collectively confront the problem of how, when and from where the blues emerged and developed. It emphasizes the significance of the African heritage, the mutuality of much white and black music and the role of recording in consolidating the blues. Redressing some of the misconceptions that persist in writing on African-American music, it will be essential reading for all enthusiasts of blues, jazz and country music.

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