Know More Publishing was founded in 2015 as a publisher of short, informative e-books, and our first project was a series of books entitled ‘PhD Knowledge’. These books are intended to help all those who are working on or considering starting doctoral study.
Starting Your PhD: What You Need To Know (2015)
FREE ON ALL PLATFORMS! This concise e-book answers all the key questions people ask when they’re considering, or beginning, doctoral study. Presented in an accessible question-and-answer format, and packed with facts, it is easy to read and to find your way around. Whether you’ve recently started your doctoral study, you’re still wondering whether doctoral study is for you, or you are supporting someone else through the process, this book will help. It is full of useful information and guidance for the early stages of this exciting new adventure.
Gathering Data For Your PhD: An Introduction (2015)
You can’t do research without data. But what kind of data will help you answer your research question? Where can you find that data? And how much data do you need? If you’re doing doctoral research, particularly in the social sciences, arts or humanities, this book will help you answer those questions. It offers an overview of traditional and innovative methods of gathering quantitative, qualitative, secondary and primary data. The book also outlines the pros and cons of devising your own method of gathering data, and lists a range of resources for further exploration of the methods that interest you most.
Analysing Data For Your PhD: An Introduction (2016)
Analysing data is perhaps the most demanding stage of research – and certainly the least visible. This concise e-book demystifies the process by explaining the principles and practice of good quality data analysis. It describes the key quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as creative and mixed methods, and offers guidance on how to choose suitable methods for your research. The book emphasises the need for robust and rigorous analysis, and aims to enable you to draw clear lines from your data, through your findings, to your conclusions.
Writing Your PhD: An Introduction (2016)
When people sign up for doctoral study, they don’t always realise that in the process they need to write a book. The doctoral thesis or dissertation is the length of an average paperback. Even people studying for a professional doctorate, or a PhD by publication, need to write the equivalent of a short literary novel. Writing so much can be a daunting prospect. This e-book is filled with practical advice and tips to get you started and help you keep going.
Research Ethics for your PhD: An Introduction (2016)
If you are doing research with people or animals, you will have to engage with formal systems of ethical governance. Whether or not this is the case, you may have an interest in ensuring your doctoral research is ethical, or even be studying ethics itself. This e-book introduces the theory and practice of ethical research and outlines your options, from a tick-box approach to formal ethics to a fully integrated ethical approach to all stages of your doctoral research.
Finishing Your PhD: What You Need To Know (2016)
The last few months before you submit your thesis or dissertation can be a feverish, panicky time. The advice in this e-book will help you keep a clear head and take one step at a time towards the finishing post. Some people drag out their final doctoral months into years. You don’t have to do that: use the practical tips and help in this book to finish your thesis or dissertation effectively and with minimal stress. Hundreds of thousands of people have walked this path before you. If they can do it, so can you – and this e-book shows you how.
Self-Publishing for Academics (2016)
This book is for anyone who is considering self-publishing their academic writing. Its authors are Helen Kara (who has a PhD in social policy and management) and Nathan Ryder (who has a PhD in mathematics). Between us we have self-published several e-books for doctoral students, as well as zines and blogs. Self-publishing is full of challenges, so we have used our knowledge and experience to pack this e-book full of hints and tips, practical advice and resources. Self-publishing has the potential to bring many rewards: bigger audiences for your work, increased income, even global acclaim. Of course we can’t guarantee those, but we can promise this e-book will show you the way.
Researching in the Age of COVID-19 Volume I: Response and Reassessment (2020)
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit researchers’ plans, discussion swiftly turned to adapting research methods for a locked-down world. The ‘big three’ methods – questionnaires, interviews and focus groups – can only be used in a few of the same ways as before the pandemic. Researchers around the world have responded in diverse, thoughtful and creative ways – from adapting their data collection methods, to fostering researcher resilience and rethinking researcher-researched relationships.
This book, part of a series of three Rapid Responses, showcases new methods and emerging approaches. Focusing on Response and Reassessment, it has three parts: the first looks at the turn to digital methods; the second reviews methods in hand and the final part reassesses different needs and capabilities.
Researching in the Age of COVID-19 Volume II: Care and Resilience (2020)
As researchers have begun to adapt to the continuing presence of COVID-19, they have also begun to reflect more deeply on fundamental research issues and assumptions. Researchers around the world have responded in diverse, thoughtful and creative ways – from adapting data collection methods to fostering researcher and community resilience, while also attending to often urgent needs for care.
This book, part of a series of three Rapid Responses, connects themes of care and resilience, addressing their common concern with wellbeing. It has three parts: addressing researchers’ wellbeing, considering participants’ wellbeing, and exploring care and resilience as a shared and mutually entangled concern.
Researching in the Age of COVID-19 Volume III: Creativity and Ethics (2020)
As researchers continue to adapt, conduct and design their research in the presence of COVID-19, new opportunities to connect research creativity and ethics have opened up. Researchers around the world have responded in diverse, thoughtful and creative ways – adapting data collection methods, fostering researcher and community resilience, and exploring creative research methods.
This book, part of a series of three Rapid Responses, explores dimensions of creativity and ethics, highlighting their connectedness. It has three parts: the first covers creative approaches to researching. The second considers concerns around research ethics and ethics more generally, and the final part addresses different ways of approaching creativity and ethics through collaboration and co-creation.
Writing for Research: A Time Saving Guide (2013)
Writing is more difficult than it seems. Even experienced writers often find it hard to get started, and looming deadlines can cause paralysis. This e-book will get you started and keep you going. It demystifies the craft of writing, and offers lots of tips and ideas to make writing manageable.
Managing the Research Process: A Time Saving Guide (2013)
How-to books often treat research as if it exists in isolation. But in reality, people need to fit research in with all their other commitments. This e-book is full of practical hints and tips to show you how to manage research alongside work, family, and social life.
Collecting Primary Data: A Time Saving Guide (2013)
Data collection is often the first thing people think of in connection with research. Preparing a questionnaire, or doing some interviews, can seem straightforward – but there’s much else to consider. This e-book outlines some of the key issues and offers lots of short-cuts to save you time and stress.
Analysing Data: A Time Saving Guide (2013)
When you’ve collected all your data, what do you do next? Whether it’s qualitative or quantitative, this e-book explains how to prepare, code and analyse your data. The book offers clear guidance to help you turn a morass of raw data into cogent findings.