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How to write a research methodology

The answer to writing an outstanding dissertation is to be meticulous, whilst being concise, and to include all of the most important sections, including the methodology. The methodology is the section of the dissertation in which you describe, as the author, the objectives of the research and the methods by which you hope to achieve those objectives. Make sure you include everything that belongs in this section while omitting everything that does not.

Write a brief introduction to the methodology section as a whole. The introduction should stipulate the objectives of the research and suggest any potential challenges and limitations that may stand in the way of achieving these objectives.

Write a summary of your research methodology. Again, this section should be relatively brief, but it can be longer than the introduction. The summary should cover all of the main components of the methods you've used to conduct your research, omitting all of the minor details. As you write, keep in mind that the purpose of this summary is to inform and engage the readers who do not read the extended version of the methodology, which you will write next.

The first part of the extended methodology should address your data collection methods. This section should be comprehensive, although not heavily worded, and it should describe in precise terms all of the methods you used to achieve your research goals through data collection. Be sure to include the methods of analysis such as materials employed, methods of data collection, participants, sample size, research duration and step-by-step procedures. Methods of scientific research are subdivided into general and special. General methods encompass three large groups as singled out by the functional criterion. Each group is further subdivided into separate methods:

• Empirical research methods (observation, measurement, comparison, experiment),
• Methods of both empirical and theoretical research levels (abstraction, analysis and synthesis, induction and deduction, analogy, simulation),
• Theoretical research methods (abstract-specific descent, hypothetic-deductive, systemic).

Among special methods of scientific research there are prediction, disperse analysis, correlation and regression, factor analysis, cluster analysis, etc. The most precise and correct results in any research are attained due to the aggregate application of both general and special methods. Continue the extended methodology by writing the data analysis section, these paragraphs should cover every detail of the instruments you use to draw meaningful conclusions from the data you've collected.

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