Roadmap to Research
This is a basic guide to get you started. It aims to give you a broad idea of the research process from start to finish. The written chapters are extracts from the Getting Started in Clinical Research (Gie & Beyers, 2014) book, available online on the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health website. Some of the recordings (podcasts) are from workshops and short courses run by the Research Capacity Development and Funding Office in the Research Development and Support Division; others are from the EPE platform. Although these are primarily targeted at MMed and postgraduate students, they are essentially resources for novice researchers and will have relevance for you as an undergraduate student embarking on research. We are constantly looking to add to and improve these resources, so please feel free to send us feedback by clicking on the links below.
HOW TO USE THIS ROADMAP: The coloured blocks below represent broad phases in the research jouney. Each of these blocks lists more detailed steps. Click on either the block phase heading (e.g. "Exploring") or one of the steps within it (e.g. "Getting ideas") to link to detailed guidance on that topic included further down on this page. You can also watch this video that was created by one of our undergraduate student researchers who shares her tips for how she used the Roadmap to help her with her research.