Study Skills and Research Methods


Marjon Resources

Recommended Study Skill Texts

  • Becker, L. (2014). Writing Successful Reports and Dissertations. Sage.[full text]
  • Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. (2012) Essential Study Skills: A complete guide to success at University (3rd ed) London: Sage [google books
  • Cottrell, S. (2013). The study skills handbook. Palgrave Macmillan.[google books
  • Cottrell, S. (2011). Critical thinking skills: Developing effective analysis and argument. Palgrave Macmillan. [contents
  • Katz, L. (2018) Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing for Postgraduates. Palgrave Macmillan. [google books]
  • Wallace, M. and Wray, A. (2011) Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (2nd ed) London: Sage [amazon
  • Price, M. (2013) Lab Reports and Projects in Sport and Exercise Science. Harlow: Pearson [amazon]

Reviewing Literature

Searching for, and managing literature
Writing A literature Review
  • Writing a Literature Review - A set of short video tutorials [click here]
  • Green, B. N., Johnson, C. D., & Adams, A. (2006). Writing narrative literature reviews for peer-reviewed journals: secrets of the trade. Journal of chiropractic medicine, 5(3), 101-117.
  • Garrard, J. (2014). Health sciences literature review made easy (4th Ed.) Jones & Bartlett Publishers. [google books]
  • The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It — from the University of Toronto [click here]
  • How to write a literature review - Emerald Insight [click here]
  • Writing a literature review - Canberra University [click here]
  • Hopkins, W. (1999) How to write a literature review [click here]

Critiquing Published Work

  • Also see "improving Thinking Skills" below.

Producing coursework


Recommended Research Method Texts

  • Hall, S. & Getchell, N. (2014) Research Methods in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
  • Berg, K. E., & Latin, R.W.(2008). Essentials of research methods in health, physical education, exercise science, and recreation (3rd Ed). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins [google books]
  • Evans,I., Thornton, H. and Chalmers, I. (2010 ) Testing Treatments: Better research for better healthcare. Pinter & Martin Limited [full text]
  • Gallagher, K. (Ed.). (2008). The methodological dilemma: Creative, critical and collaborative approaches to qualitative research. Routledge.[google books]
  • Gratton, C. & Jones, I. (2009) Research Methods in Sports Studies (2nd Ed.) Routledge [companion website]
  • Salkind, N. J. (2011). 100 Questions (and Answers) about Research Methods. London: Sage. [google books]
  • Jones, I., Brown, L. and Holloway, I. (2013) Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity. London: Sage.
  • Edwards, R., & Holland, J. (2013). What is qualitative interviewing?. A&C Black.[full text]
  • National Health Service (2006) Research Governance Framework for Health & Social Care (2nd Ed) [full text]
  • Creswell, J. W. (2012). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches. London: Sage 
  • Pawson, R. and Tilley, N. (2004) Realist Evaluation [full text]
  • Silverman, D. (2013). Doing qualitative research: A practical handbook. London: Sage
  • Taylor, B. and Francis, K. (2013) Qualitative Research in the Health Sciences London: Routledge
  • How to use an interview as a method of qualitative research [click here]
  • Office of Behavior and Social Science Research - e-Source online textbook
  • The National Centre for Research Methods - [www resources]

Collecting Data

Statistical Analysis

Improving Thinking Skills

Conducting Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses

Research using Electronic Resources

Research Ethics

More Resources

Using Social Media

  • Digital Literacy attributes of a science student - from University of Bath [pdf]
  • Using Twitter for networking and CPD [click here]
  • Personal Learning Networks [click here]
  • LSE Guide - Using twitter in University research, teaching and impact activities [click here]
  • Minocha, S. and Petre, M. (2011) Handbook of social media for researchers and supervisors: Digital technologies for research dialogues. Open University [fulltext]
  • 10 habits of a great tweeter [click here]
  • Academic blogging for beginners - by Dr Inger Mewburn [click here]


Ben Jane,
Dec 20, 2013, 5:26 AM
Ben Jane,
Sep 27, 2017, 7:14 AM