The Research Companion" recognizes this need for instruction in the practice of research. It offers clear, honest advice to help avoid typical problems and improve the standards. The whole research process is covered in detail from setting up a study through to presenting findings with sections on all the basic tasks central to any research project, including: planning research; researcher and participant safety; monitoring research in progress; and research ethics. The structure of the book makes it is useful for researchers at all levels of experience. Its numerous examples and case histories are ideal for students just beginning their first research project, whilst the breadth of coverage and wealth of practical tips will also be highly relevant to experienced researchers. This book will be invaluable to all students in the social sciences, whatever their level of experience, making research more accurate, ethical and productive.