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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.  


 

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.


 

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. 

Exploring

Getting ideas

Research opportunities

​Finding a supervisor

Getting help

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Getting ideas ​ 

Developing a question​ 

Importance of research 

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Linking questions and methods​ 

From question to aim to hypothesis

Past student experiences

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Past student research topics

Useful resources on topics and questions​

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Find a research project

MBChB research opportunities

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How to find a good mentor 

Tips on choosing a supervisor​    

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Finding the right supervisor​

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SU staff research interests

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Support available for undergraduate student researchers 

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Contact the Undergraduate Research Office

Follow the Undergraduate Research Office on Facebook

Follow the Undergraduate Research Office on Twitter​

Join the Q Undergraduate Research Society

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Planning                                                                      

The research process

​Plotting a timeline

Writing a proposal

​Study design & methods

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Overview of the research process​ 

The research lifecycle​

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Introduction to clinical research​ 

Interactive research toolkit ​​​

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Useful tools for research​

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How much time do you need?

The research timeline

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Plan.It calendar​

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Developing a research question​ 

Writing a proposal 

Writing a literature review for the proposal

Outline of a proposal

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Setting up your research proposal

Writing your researtch proposal

Overview and quantitative concepts

Qualitative concepts

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Useful resources for writing a proposal​

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Quantitative: 

What type of study should you do?

When do you involve a biostatistician?  

Making the most of your biostatistics consult​

Biostatistics glossary

Qualitative design and methods

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Collaborating with a biostatistician​

Linking study design and methods

Short course in clinical research skills

Understanding sampling and sample size​

Using Excel for data entry​

Data management

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Useful resources on study design​

Useful resources on methods

Book a biostatistics consult​

Attend the Biostatistics Clinic

Useful biostatistics resources​

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Enabling 

Applying for ethics

Other permissions

Funding your research

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Ensuring that your research is ethical

Applying for ethics quick guide 

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What to include in an ethics application​

How to submit an online ethics application

What happens after submission of an ethics application

How to submit a response to modifications on an ethics application

How to submit an amendment to an ethics application

How to submit a progress report 

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Undergraduate Research Ethics Committee

FAQs about ethics applications

Useful resources on research ethics

Additional training resources in research ethics (TRREE)​

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Do I need provincial Department of Health approval for undergraduate research?​

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Apply for SU institutional permission to conduct research on SU staff and students

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How to write a research budget​ 

Research budget template

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A quick guide to drawing up a simple research budget

Preparing a research budget​

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Getting funding for your research

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Doing

Literature review & referencing

Data collection

Data analysis

Write up

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Literature review

Mendeley quick reference guide

Avoiding plagiarism

Using Turnitin to avoid plagiarism

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A quick guide to literature searching

A quick guide to referencing

Literature searching and referencing (long)​

Writing a literature review

How good scientific writing is like good cooking

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Useful resources on literature reviews

Useful resources on referencing​

Guidance on avoiding plagiarism

Referencing style guides

Mendeley referencing software

Training on using Mendeley​

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How to implement your study 

How to manage your data 

How to store your data

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Quantitative data collection and questionnaire design​ 

How to design a questionnaire​ 

Qualitative data collection (interviews)

Using Excel to enter data​

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Useful resources on data collection

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How to prepare your quantitative data for analysis

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Introduction to Biostatistics 1

Introduction to Biostatistics 2​

Qualitative analysis (Yale)​

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Useful resources on data analysis

Book a biostatistics consult

Attend the Biostatistics Clinic

Useful biostatistics resources​

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Tips on writing​

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Self-help guide for formatting your thesis in MS Word​

Useful resources on academic writing

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Disseminating

Giving feedback

Presenting

Publishing

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Who should you communicate your results to?

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Oral presentation tips 

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Write and submit an abstract​

Poster presentation tips

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Get funding to present your research

Present at the FMHS Annual Academic Day 

Past undergraduate student presentations at the FMHS Annual Academic Day

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How to write an article 

How to respond to the reviewers of your article​ 

Template for response to reviewers

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Plotting a paper

Choosing the right journal

Write and submit an abstract

Introduction to getting published​

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Get funding for publishing your research

List of accredited journals​

Identifying predatory journals​

ICMJE authorship guidelines​

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