1. Choosing a topic:

Choosing of a topic that you will research.

This topic must not have been researched before, or must not currently be involved in a research program. Topics are found through reading of journals, speaking to qualified chiropractors and by brainstorming conditions we know have not been thoroughly researched.

In this regard anyone with a vested interest in research is welcome to supply ideas to students, by either emailing them to us, or by submitting ideas online via our FAQ section.

Once a topic is chosen, it needs to be approved by your respective department at your institutions, before you start compiling a research proposal.

2. Compiling a DUT186 (DUT students) or HDC Approved (UJ students) research proposal:

The standard DUT186 is available online, courtesy of the Department of Chiropractic at (Under research link of the Chiropractic Programme).

The UJ Faculty of Health Sciences HDC Guidelines for Writing Research Proposals are available on the Departmental Research CD distributed on an annual basis. Should you not have received this or require further information, please email Ms Volmink at

3. Literature Review

The biggest part of the research proposal form is that of literature review. Information and journal articles are found through various means. The easiest way is by looking at books, textbooks and journals in your local library. An easier way is by running a search through Medline, a free internet-based search facility that has millions of journal articles in its database. Open Medline

4. Useful references for Chiropractic research:

Located at the Spinal Manipulative Research Group University of Sydney Literature references:
Outcome studies (7.0 kb)
Clinical trials and experimental studies (17.0 kb) 
Mechanical aspects of manipulative procedures (11kb)

Click here for more information:

**very useful and very quick

5. Access all the major peer reviewed Journals on-line:

European Spine Journal

Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy


6. Durban University of Technology

Click here to access the Durban University of Technology Library online.

7.University of Johannesburg

Click here to access the UJ Library online. This will also give access to online databases of full access to journal articles.

8. Research completed in SA

Click here to access research completed in South Africa.

To add your research to this site, please send an email to attaching your ABSTRACT ONLY. Please ensure all attachments are in PDF format.

9. Research Topic Ideas

Do you have an idea for a research project for one of our master's students?

Click here for a list of research ideas.

Submit your ideas to &

10. Other useful links

Check out the other useful links that will make gathering information on your topic a lot easier.: Get an Internet based email address:Yahoo | Hotmail

11. Search engines

Use search engines to search for more Internet Based information on your specific topic: Yahoo | Hotmail | Ananzi (SA Search Engine)