Deciding on a research topic can be a difficult task. You will need subject expertise. You will need to think and read critically within your area of interest.
Here are some suggestions:
Consult the following library resources:
e-Wits catalogue: Search our online catalogue for details on theses completed at Wits.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD): All online theses at Wits are hosted on our Institutional Repository WIReDpace. Full text. Also available via e-Wits catalog.
Nexus Database: This database includes South African dissertations and theses on on all fields of science since 1919. Abstracts included, limited full-text.
Union Catalogue of Theses and Dissertations (UCTD): (via the Sabinet platform) Contains bibliographic records of completed disstertations and theses submitted to universities in South Africa.
Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD): Produced by the Association of African Universities, DATAD is an index, with abstracts of theses and dissertations completed in African universities.
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering Collection: This database is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the Social Science, Humanities, Science and Engineering subjects.
WorldCat: WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. Select "Thesis/Dissertations" under the content Search option.
Research ethics involves the application of moral rules and professional codes of conduct to the collection, analysis, reporting, and publication of information about research subjects, observations, results, and application.
It is important to obtain appropriate ethical approval to carry out research projects, such as issues related to interview of persons or use of sensitive information. You should consult your supervisor to ensure you have met all ethical approval requirements and procedures to carry out your project.
Code of ethics for researchers:
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Reference Styles: Always check first with your supervisor or publisher to see which Reference style to use.
By Design: Planning Research on Higher Education. Book authored by Richard Light (1991).
When is a Research Question Not a Research Question? Article from Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (2013).
Literature reviews: Read literature reviews to increase your knowledge of relevant research and the current discourse.