Online tools to help with dissertations and research projects
Many geography students complete a dissertation, or other substantial research project, in their final year of study. A number of resources are available online to help you plan your project, collect and analyse appropriate data, draw conclusions and present your work well.
The following list of online resources to aid online student research is dynamic. If you know of other resources you think we should be sharing, we’d be happy to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
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British Library and University of Nottingham (UK)
A free online course introducing sources of information for researchers, with a particular emphasis on those available online.
Dr David Michael Kidd, Kingston University London (UK)
A downloadable guide to secondary data sources for geography dissertations.
Access resource (.doc)
Dr Anna Tarrant and Dr Kahryn Hughes, London School of Economics (UK)
A blog post stating that the value and potential of data re-use and the associated methodology of qualitative secondary analysis (QSA) is often overlooked.
Open University (UK)
A series of short articles, videos and podcasts by geographers from the Open University.
A series of free online courses on a range of topics from the Open University.
UK Data Service (UK)
Webinars and online courses from covering social science data and data management.
An online repository of dissertations and theses on a range of subjects, including those held by the Library of Congress (requires institutional login).
Online training and workshops on building skills and tools for listening to and sharing stories.
Syracuse University (USA), King's College London (UK) and Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil)
An open access, seven-part video series on conducting ethnographic research.
University of Brighton (UK)
Pedagogical guidance, research design resources and signposting to key ethics policies for use by student researchers and supervisors of community-oriented psychology research.
UK Finance (UK)
Downloadable data from the banking and finance industry, organised spatially.
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (UK)
A rich dataset of 18 million properties across the UK, incorporating over 90 variables.
National Biodiversity Network (UK)
Data on UK species and habitats, available to analyse and view via an online map viewer.
British Film Institute (UK)
Films of various locations around the UK, viewable on a map.
Office for National Statistics (UK)
Official labour market data for the UK.
University of Portsmouth and JISC (UK)
Historical census data, maps, reports and gazetteers of the UK.
University of Liverpool (UK)
A free online tool for visualising UK census data.
National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (UK)
A guide to running virtual meetings, events and interviews.
Open access international economic, social and population data.
An online atlas incporporating social conflict and environmental issues.
Environmental Data Initiative (USA)
A repository of data from publicly funded research in the USA.
The Times (UK)
A searchable archive of The Times newspaper, including filterable results and scanned or plain text articles.
Geospatial Commission (UK)
A collection of 60 datasets, available through the Open Government License
WorldPop/University of Southampton (UK)
Open spatial data on population and demographics.
Deborah Lupton, University of New South Wales (Australia)
A compilation of tools and resources for collection data, including online discussions, interviews and videos.
Access resource (Google doc)
Geographic Data Science Lab (UK)
Useful links and courses for Data Science and GIS-based dissertations.
QAA Scotland (UK)
Resources, activities and guided reflections to help develop transition skills, introduced by a blog post highlighting their usefulness in times of uncertainty.
London School of Economics (UK)
A selection of recent publications in the fields of ethnography and anthropology.
University of Edinburgh (UK)
A selection of useful links and resources, with particular focus on disaster risk management, energy and climate change.
Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (UK)
Links, resources and literature relavant to research in the field.
Geography and Education Research Group (UK)
A crowd-sourced compilation of data sources and secondary data analysis guidance for Geography and Education research.
Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (UK)
Lists of online resources incorporating research methods, data sources, anaysis and webinars.
Living with Data (UK)
Resources about doing qualitative research in socially distant times, with a particular focus on researching with marginalised, diverse, minoritised or hard-to-reach groups and communities.
Consumer Data Research Centre, University College London (UK)
A scheme linking student research projects with business and industry, opening access to data and sponsorship.
Online tools for experiential learning
Dr Matt Finn (University of Exeter) explores how to provide online resources that students value.
Online tutorial to develop students' internet research skills, with specific reference to geographical information and topics.
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