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First step: Make sure your relevant regulatory committee (for example, an Institutional Review Board/IRB in the US) approves of the language in the advertisement. Example guidance from my institution that makes it clear the IRB needs to approve of your advertisement: https://kb.wisc.edu/hsirbs/page.php?id=29560 IRBs will consider whether recruitment ...


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Yes, I'm afraid you do need to hand over all work product that you created while employed. You were part of a team and if you try to subvert the team by withholding things that arise from your employment on the team you are trying to blackmail them into keeping you employed. I smell a lawsuit here. But you should cooperate fully just as a way to boost your ...


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Right now you are feeling "indispensable", although since you're leaving this position, you're apparently not that indispensable. Hoarding knowledge to protect your position is an old technique, but as an academic, I would say that it's backwards thinking. For one, your goal as an academic should be to grow all of humanity's knowledge. So as a matter of ...


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Yes, it's okay to reuse other people's methodology to address an original research question. It is not okay to copy the methods section of their publication. You must write your own, in addition to citing them.


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This sounds like trying to force a restricted view of the scientific method to research in history. One learns during many years of studying history how research in history is performed, what is expected, what constitutes verification and evidence, just as one learns during many years of studying mathematics how research in mathematics is performed, what ...


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Yes, you can use brand names and trademarks as long as you mark them as such. You should also, probably include a disclaimer that you have no ties to any of the companies you are researching. But be aware that some companies are paranoid about their public image, so make sure that anything you say is supported by facts, not your opinions. The brand ...


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Every research method can be thought of much like a movie genre. What makes a good comedy doesn't necessarily make for a good drama, and anytime genres combine deciding what is good can be different (as with mixed methods). Judgements change over time, and vary between sets of critics as well. Research works like that - what makes for a good paper is ...


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This is going to depend on your IRB/ethics review. Not revealing your name is probably ok. Hiding your affiliation is going to be harder since the IRB will want to guarantee the participants can contact someone if there is a problem. That said, if it is relevant to the research, the IRB can probably work with you to figure out something that works.


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Writing software isn't research. Proving that a piece of software, written by yourself or others, can be research. How are you going to show that your software does what it set out to do? How are you going to show that it is better than the alternatives? For those questions you need methodology. Questionnaires? Observations? Objective measurements? Something....


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Talk to your advisor to determine if an artefact-oriented approach is the correct approach for your research questions. Generally, there are three general approaches to research that different research methodologies can fall into: quantitative/scientific, qualitative/descriptive, and artefact-oriented. In the first you’re dealing with numerical data that ...


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The "method" you describe is probably not rigorous enough to be called a method in the scientific sense. There is a lack of rigor apparent in your admission that you swung "from reference to reference until I had a good argument." The quote suggests some bias in the procedure and in your selection of information, and your search strategy doesn't seem to be ...


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In the end, you'll have to decide for yourself. Properly handing over is decent, required by employment contract, and probably best for you (via professional reputation) As you are already recognized for your helpfulness, don't sabotage that reputation. Don't be surprised if your supervisor isn't interested in a proper handover, though. Long version: Here'...


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A methodological approach may refer to way in which a researcher intends to carry out his/her research from the specified or known methods in a discipline


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