Getting started in research: research questions, supervisors and literature reviews

Australas Psychiatry. 2015 Feb;23(1):8-11. doi: 10.1177/1039856214553315. Epub 2014 Oct 13.


Objectives: Research can seem daunting, especially for trainees and early career researchers. This paper focuses on how to formulate and begin a research project such as the RANZCP Scholarly Project.

Methods: We outline an approach to framing a research question, developing theses and hypotheses, choosing a supervisor and conducting a literature review.

Conclusions: Through systematic planning early career researchers and other clinicians can plan and conduct research suitable for the Scholarly Project or other research activity.

Keywords: educational material; hypothesis; literature review; planning; qualitative research; quantitative research; research methods; research project structure; research steps; scholarly project.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mentors*
  • Psychiatry / education
  • Psychiatry / methods
  • Research Personnel*
  • Review Literature as Topic*