The Good Research Guide
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:
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Review: The Good Research GuideUser 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
Review: The Good Research GuideUser 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