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From this site you can obtain more information and guidance about Institutional Review Boards in the US and find out about conducting biomedical research with human participants. 2 How to Decide Upon a Methodology Once you have answered the five ‘Ws’ you can go on to think about how you’re going to do your research. The first thing you need to do is to think about your research methodology. This is the philosophy or the general principle which will guide your research. It is the overall approach to studying your topic and includes issues you need to think about such as the constraints, dilemmas and ethical choices within your research.

USING INTERVIEWS In social research there are many types of interview. The most common of these are unstructured, semi-structured and structured interviews. If you want to find out about other types of interview, relevant references are given at the end of this chapter. Unstructured interviews Unstructured or in-depth interviews are sometimes called life history interviews. This is because they are the favoured approach for life history researchers. In this type of interview, the researcher attempts to achieve a holistic understanding of the interviewees’ point of view or situation.

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