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A collaborative guide to take you through all the steps of university life.

Top 10 hints for formulating your research proposal while on exchange

Writing a research proposal can be a difficult and daunting process at the best of times. Never mind having to write one on exchange at a new University, in a new country. Here are our Top Ten Tips for writing a research proposal whilst abroad.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Visitor’s engagement and authenticity: Japanese Heritage Consumption

Understanding the sense of authenticity of heritage attractions is important for tourism management and marketing because presentation, interpretation and verification has a direct bearing on motivations to visit and engage with heritage tourism sites.

Advice on starting a PhD

Starting a PhD is a big thing! Different individuals may start a PhD for different reasons. I thought, sharing my own experience of deciding to do a PhD might help. My circumstances were particularly different to many of the other doctoral candidates due to various reasons. As an individual growing up in a rural village that offered only very limited social bonuses my journey was not a cake walk, I knew education was the only way out but I had no much guidance or information available. I kept on finding information on how to do a PhD and what was required. For me, there was no direct access to a PhD straight away from my undergraduate degree but via doing a masters’ degree. So, understanding your personal and social circumstances, and what needs to be done in order to enable where you want to be is vital.

How to conduct an interview for qualitative research

If your research is of a qualitative nature, it is more than likely you will conduct an interview at some stage. For many PhD students, interviews constitute their primary source of data. Although it can be daunting at first, the process of carrying them out is often fun, rewarding and enlightening. Your skills as an interviewer will improve with experience, and you will become more confident and assured with each attempt. This article outlines various suggestions for students using the interview method.

Could Sparrho become an alternative to Google Scholar?

The newest kid on the block in academic search is a British-based company called Sparrho. With over 21,000 sources and 5 million search items, the platform allows from a more customised and research-led user experience for the academic world. I always welcome new tools that can make research easier to conduct, so I was excited when I read about this new platform.

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[Infographic] From leisure to tourism

Understanding the conditions and motivators of shifts in cultural trends is crucial for those managing and promoting the consumption of tourist activities. This research paper explores the recent popular surge of interest in BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism) and develops a model that explains how ‘deviant’ activities move from the margins to the mainstream. 

[INFOGRAPHIC] Translating for tourism: accuracy or effectiveness?

This paper argues that for translation to enhance the tourist experience literal accuracy is not enough and translations should be culturally sensitive to their target readers. Using the example of museum websites as a form of purposive tourism information designed to both inform and attract potential visitors, this paper analyses websites of museums in the UK and China.

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