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Getting Started with Research: A Guide to Research Methodology

Editors: Jens Allwood, Elisabeth Ahlsén, Azirah Hashim

A product of the Building Social Research Capacities in Higher Education Institutions in Lao PDR and Malaysia (BRECIL), a multi-country Erasmus+ CBHE joint project involving higher education institutions from both the EU and ASEAN countries.

Erasmus+ CBHE "Building Social Research Capacity in Higher Education Institution in Lao PDR and Malaysia"
(BRECIL, Project number: 585852-EPP-1-2017-1-MY-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP)

Book Description

This handbook presents and examines differing types of research methodology as well as critical thinking, academic writing, and oral presentation. It also discusses research and publication ethics, multi- and interdisciplinary research, research in relation to society, and the use of ICT in research, among other subjects. Considerable care has been taken to ensure that the content is relevant to building up research capacity in ASEAN. The book is designed to serve as an aid both in training trainers of research students and in training these students themselves.

The book has an orientation toward the social sciences and the humanities but also covers topics which are relevant for the natural sciences, technology and medicine. While technical training of specific methods in natural science, medicine and technology is outside of the scope of the book, many topics which are of general interest for all sciences are included.

No. of pages: 352

The book is available at UM Press.


List of Chapters & Authors

Chapters Authors’ names and titles Authors’ affiliations
1. Introduction to Research Azirah Hashim
Professor of English
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
2. Doing Research Jens Allwood
Professor of Linguistics
SCCIIL Interdisciplinary Center,
University of Gothenburg
3. Research Ethics Wah Yun Low
Professor of Psychology
Asia Europe Institute and Faculty of Medicine,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Wen Ting Tong
Research Assistant
Department of Primary Care,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
4. Research Design Richard Powell
Professor of English
College or Economics,
Nihon University. Tokyo
5. Literature Review Maya Khemlani David
Professor of English
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Aliyyah Nuha Faiqah Azman Firdaus
Project officer
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
6. Data Collection for Some Types of Empirical Studies – Interview, Questionnaire, Observation and Use of Secondary Sources Fumitaka Furuoka 
Associate Professor of Economics
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Larisa Nikitina
Senior lecturer
Foreign Language Education
Department of Asian and European Languages,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
7. Quantitative Data Analysis and Interpretation Faridah Noor Mohd Noor
Associate Professor of English
Department of English Language,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
8. Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation Faridah Noor Mohd Noor
Associate Professor of English
Department of English Language,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
9. Critical Thinking Skills for Reading and Writing Maya Khemlani David
Professor of English
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 
Aliyyah Nuha Faiqah Azman Firdaus
Project officer
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
10. Academic Writing Azirah Hashim
Professor of English
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
11. Publication Ethics Wah Yun Low
Professor of Psychology
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Wen Ting Tong
Research Assistant
Department of Primary Care,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
12. Oral Presentation of Research Findings Maya Khemlani David
Professor of English
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Aliyyah Nuha Faiqah Azman Firdaus
Project officer
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
13. ICT Tools for Social Science Research Hariharan N. Krishnasamy
Associate Professor of English 
School of Education and Modern Languages,
Universiti Utara Malaysia
14. Multi- and Interdisciplinary Research Jens Allwood
Professor of Linguistics
SCCIIL Interdisciplinary Center,
University of Gothenburg
15. Research and Society Jens Allwood
Professor of Linguistics
SCCIIL Interdisciplinary Center,
University of Gothenburg
Elisabeth Ahlsén
Professor of Neurolinguistics
SCCIIL Interdisciplinary Center,
University of Gothenburg
16. Adult Learning and Interplay between Teaching, Learning and Research Yee Chee Leong
Project Manager
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Xia Menghu
Project Manager 
Asia Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Nasser Salimi Aghbolagh
Research assistant
Asia-Europe Institute,
Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Last Updated: 14/06/2021