Research Foundations


I have always had a nearly unquenchable appetite for conducting research, for teaching others about how to conduct it, and for reading and evaluating research in a wide range of academic and scientific disciplines. My endless curiosity for discovering new avenues of investigation is what led me to create Grad Mentor many years ago.

It is my aim that this website will inspire others to have a hunger for learning new perspectives and to discover the joy of investigation. For college and university students, as well as established academic and scientific researchers, there is a broad array of available tools and approaches to conducting and presenting your research. 

For graduate students, developing and completing graduate degree requirements typically centers around the “magnum opus”: the doctoral dissertation or Master’s thesis. Below are some of the key components you will need to address, along with recommended tools for successful completion. 

My advice for you: Examine the resources below, and decide which stage of research you are currently evaluating. Decide on your ideal timelines for project completion, and then contact me.

Contents for this page include:

A. Background and Preparation Resources

I.  Developing the Research Foundation
II. Framing the Research Topic or Problem
III. Utilizing Theory and Theoretical Foundations
IV. Formulating or Refining a Research Question
Literature Review and Writing Resources
VI. Developing the Research Proposal

B. Methodology and Analysis Resources

VII. Data Analysis Techniques
VIII. Quantitative and Statistical Methods
IX. Advanced Quantitative Methods
X. Qualitative and Naturalistic Methods
XI. Mixed Methods Designs
XII. Survey Research
XIII. Using Statistical Software: SPSS, SAS, Stata, R

C. Completing and Presenting the Research Products

XIV. Developing the Thesis or Dissertation
XV. Preparing Conference Papers or Articles for Publication

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