The Good Research Guide

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McGraw-Hill International, May 1, 2007 - Education - 349 pages
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As a best-selling introductory book on the basics of social research, The Good Research Guide provides an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the main approaches to social research and the methods most commonly used by researchers in the social sciences.

This edition has been updated to account for recent developments in the field such as:

  • The emergence of mixed methods approaches
  • Increased use of internet research
  • More frequent use of methods such as triangulation and focus groups
  • Developments in research ethics
Written for anyone undertaking a small-scale research project, either as part of an academic course or as part of their professional development, this book provides:
  • A clear, straightforward introduction to data collection methods and data analysis
  • Explanations of the key decisions researchers need to take, with practical advice on how to make appropriate decisions
  • Essential checklists to guide good practice
This book is perfect for the first-time researcher looking for guidance on the issues they should consider and traps they should avoid when embarking on a social research project.
  

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User Review  - John Bessa - Goodreads

I read it for phenomenology, and contrary to the other reviewer, I liked what it said -- but I can't use it because it does not give in-text (in-line) citations! This despite the fact that the writer is a professor. Read full review

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User Review  - Tim Stanley - Goodreads

With the exception of the chapter on Phenomenology, this book is organized exactly the same way I think about research methodology. (Also, the price is a third of what most methods textbooks are---hopefully my students appriciate that.) Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Strategies for social research
3
Methods of social research
133
Analysis
247
Frequently asked questions
331

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About the author (2007)

Martyn Denscombe is Professor of Social Research at De Montfort University, UK.

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