"My project looked a mammoth task, but when planned well, it looked manageable"
(Source: Vitae - Getting Started in Research Lens)
Research projects require thinking and planning for timely, effective delivery. Are you at proposal stage or project initiation? Begin building a comprehensive picture of your research field through initial scoping of the information
landscape and a systematic literature review. Start investigating collaborative research networks in your field and don't forget to keep up to date throughout the project lifespan by using current awareness tools.
With data accumulating via key literature and project plans, give early thought to how you are going to control your data - both project data, in order to fulfill institutional or funder requirements, and bibliographical references for final write up and publishing.
Research governance impacts on all your research plans. Ensure you are fully conversant with the research integrity and ethics being utilised by your institution and/or funder. Recognise that you are also accountable for final project outputs including sharing, dissemination and monitoring the impact of your work.
Current Awareness - How do you keep up-to-date with what is happening in your field? Table of contents alerts, saved search alerts, and RSS feeds.
Literature Reviewing/Scoping - Starting to get an idea of what is out there, and refining your research question.
Research Ethics - Make sure you are aware of your obligations and the University's Code of Practice and have the correct approval before you start.
Are you thinking about or planning some research? Contact your Subject Librarian to discover the guidance, support and training we can offer.