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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (12 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470658207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470658208
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 0.8 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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"Patience, tenacity and enduring commitment are required tobring satisfactory completion of a research project and reading ofthis book will ease the route to success."  (British Global& Travel Health Journal, 1 January 2013)

 

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Getting involved in medical and biomedical research throughnecessity or personal choice can be a testing experience. Each stepof the process brings its own challenges, from liaising withsupervisors, to the lack of opportunities to promote completedresearch.

This brand new How to provides a complete guide to theprocess: from the planning stages, to execution, write–up,preparation for the viva examination, and how to maximise theimpact of your research. It ensures you get the most out of theexperience, both in terms of personal development and academicachievement, and even provides guidance on what to do when thingsdon t quite go to plan.

An ideal companion, written by an experienced postgraduate tutor,this concise and user–friendly manual is full of practicalexercises, key points, and hints and tips, which will give you theedge when dealing with the more elusive realities of medical andhealthcare research.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fireball Dragon HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2013
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I am a PhD student, and one of the most difficult aspects for anyone beginning research is knowing "how" to do it. I have known many PhD students who have had a difficult time (me included!) with understanding how to make effective use of your resources to increase research quality.

This books covers a number of researches aspects including supervisory interactions, assessments (including viva) and the write-up. The write-up section is actually quite extensive and has proven to be hugely valuable for me personally. There are also a nice-set of references for further reading. I should add that this is a very factual book. I have read more humorous PhD/research guides (funny cartoons depicting the life of a graduate student are plentiful!), whereas this book is a more of a formal, no-nonsense guide.

All-in-all, this book is spot-on, and I would definitely recommend it to this who want to know more about how to conduct better research, are contemplating a research career and first year PhD students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squeebles VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2013
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This book is extremely basic. Although written as guide to research projects for BSc students, the book style and advice is so dumbed down it's pitched about the level of a 14 year old writing their first research report. We get pictures of a badly dressed scientist blowing bubble gum bubbles to tell us that we must behave appropriately in a laboratory. The small amount of layout and review advice is similarly GCSE level.

To say this book takes you to and through a viva is laughable. The viva advice is practice a lot and make a note to turn off your mobile phone when presenting. That's pretty much it.

Much of the book focusses on making "a poster" of your research findings and putting them up in your bedroom until you move to a house of your own. If as a BSc student you feel that's the advice you need, then go for it. Otherwise look for something more age (and ability) appropriate.
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Firstly, this is a nice concise introduction to a very important topic. It is not an final end-all book, and in noting the fields of medicine and health sciences are wide with certain specialties involving their own considerations, there is much to be said about going further into the specialties to meet those considerations.

In being accepted for a research position, it is important to have a layout akin to project management. Certain things have to be done at certain times with certification and approval at the start AND finish. Budget considerations may come into play for more advanced projects. And it is always easier to present your findings in the way you want to write them up.

Unfortunately not all project supervisors are created equal. Not all senior researchers are helpful. This is especially so if you are at a preliminary stage. This is where this book comes in it is a very readable doable guide. It does come across as basic, but that is its strength, basic is easier to contemplate and undertake than complex. Complex is what you should be getting from supervisor or those who have been through it all (why every research student I have known has photocopied every paper produced by their predecessors in the department)

Start by getting this book if you are considering undertaking research.
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By girl VINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2013
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This book is OK. Just OK. I think it would be best suited to medicine students who are intercalating and bio/life science students who attend universities where there isn't much, if any, practical work in years 1 and 2. The advice is good, but if you've done a lot of practical work in the first two years of your degree there really isn't anything new this book has to offer. It is, in my opinion, grossly overpriced. At an RRP of £19.99 you may expect a nice thick book. This is a small, thin book, 135 pages in length. If your university is even remotely decent they'll give you guidelines for your project (probably in the form of a handbook) themselves anyway. The book does have its positives; nice layout, high quality paper, good information (for those who have never done any lab/project work before at least), clear and easy to understand. Again, it's not that it's a bad book, but it is overpriced and, probably for most students, an unnecessary expense.
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By light VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2013
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I was expecting a thick, substantial book but this is a thin, 135 page volume. It is very basic with sections on things like "What is a supervisor?" who are the assistants etc. I was hoping for in detail and high level information to help me structure and layout my dissertation but this is way too basic - more GCSE/A level project standard. As a BSc student you should have already spent quite some time in a lab before doing your final project and you would be aware already of all the people who work in a lab etc.

This is an expensive, tiny book and is not useful
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By Dinah85 on 16 Jan. 2014
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While pitched to BSc students I think the advice in this book is far too simple to be of use. If followed I would be worried about the grade a student may achieve. While it is very simple to understand I can not imagine I would have done well following it, maybe for a simpler degree course? The advice also seems quite specific to the author's own experience, from the experience of myself and my friends this is not how you would begin the task of a research project at our university. This text does not stand out in a fairly crowded marketplace.
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