Research Methods: The Basics

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Routledge, Nov 17, 2010 - Social Science - 208 pages
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Research Methods: The Basics is an accessible, user-friendly introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice. Structured in two parts, the first covering the nature of knowledge and the reasons for research, and the second the specific methods used to carry out effective research, this book covers:

  • Structuring and planning a research project
  • The ethical issues involved in research
  • Different types of data and data quality
  • Analysing and organising data to draw sound conclusions
  • Writing up and displaying data in effective ways

@text:Complete with a glossary of key terms and guides to further reading, this book is an essential text for anyone coming to research for the first time, and is widely relevant across the social sciences and humanities.


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List of illustrations xi
Research theory 15
Structuring the research project 29
Research ethics 42
Finding and reviewing the literature 52
The main research methods 63
Collecting and analysing secondary data 78
Collecting primary data 92
Quantitative data analysis 113
Qualitative data analysis 128
Writing the proposal and writing up the research 146
Glossary 167
Index 183

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Nicholas Walliman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

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