Free stuff for researchers

One of my favourite parts of research and teaching is to be able to share resources and ideas that might help other people. Ones you don’t have to pay for.

To that end, here are some research freebies especially for you.

As you may know (you probably do know because I’ve not stopped going on about it!), my book The Research Companion has just been published for a second edition.

You can read the first chapter of the book (Kindle Edition) here and the second chapter (courtesy of Routledge) here.

These two chapters encourage you to think about what kind of researcher you are (and the specific needs you might have to get research done) and how to plan your research. The rest of the book covers how to get started in research, complete studies, attend to the needs of diverse participants, look after your own safety and well being (on and offline), keep research on track, and share your findings effectively. Unlike existing research textbooks these chapters use real life stories, exercises, extensive resources and practical tips to help you get your research done. Wherever you are working, and at whatever level. You can get 20% off your purchase by using the links at the end of this blog post (which also gives you a bit more information about why I wrote the book and how it can help you).

And as links can change, or break, I’ve archived all of the websites cited in the book here. So even if you’ve not got the text, you can find tools to help in your studies.

In addition to these materials I run a free, friendly support group for researchers on Facebook where you can find company and lots of practical ideas to look after yourself and any project you are working on.

Meanwhile the blog contains pragmatic advice for researchers, along with the regularly updated rummage bin that links you with tools, resources and materials to help you get work funded, completed and talked about.

I occasionally offer free tuition for researchers both on and offline on the how-to’s of doing research. Those events are advertised via the Facebook group, on this website, and via Twitter (I also share information about jobs, funding and other opportunities for researchers through Twitter, too).

And if you feel like paying for something…

I also deliver bespoke, entertaining, and practical training and consultancy on the how-to’s of teaching or doing research. If you’re a university, charity, NGO, council, healthcare trust or other organisation please do get in touch to see what I can offer.

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