What is social science research? How do you do it? What are the pitfalls? What are the tricks of the trade? This book provides answers to these and many other questions which need to be answered by students who seek to develop their research skills, and is an ideal introduction for those about to embark on research for the first time. Adopting a step-by-step approach, the authors clarify such issues as: how to isolate and define a problem; how to frame a hypothesis; how to choose and measure variables; how to choose a research design; how to select a sample. By asking students to grapple with fundamental questions, and by using case studies, they bring research theory and practice alive. The book is ideally suited to students taking courses in social science, social studies, or education. The new edition has been completely updated and includes a new chapter on qualitative research, as well as vital information on using computers in social science research.
An essential resource for LIS master's and doctoral students, new LIS faculty, and academic librarians, this book provides expert guidance and practical examples based on current research about quantitative and qualitative research methods and design. • Now in its sixth edition, the book provides new and updated content that is even more comprehensive than before and contains added sections featuring the voices of prominent LIS scholars, researchers, and editors • "Voices of the Experts" text boxes provide researchers' advice on specific methods and identify what was most important or most valuable about using a particular method and software for analysis—e.g., NVivo, SurveyMonkey, and log capture • Written by coauthors with extensive expertise in research design, securing grant funding, and using the latest technology and data analysis software
What is social science? What are the pitfalls and the tricks of the trade? This book provides answers to these and many other questions asked by those who seek to develop their research skills. Using a step-by-step approach, the authors clarify such issues as isolating and defining a problem, framing a hypothesis, choosing and measuring variables, determining a research design, and selecting a sample. By asking readers to grapple with fundamental questions, and by using case studies, this book brings research theory into practice.
With indispensable advice for students from all social science backgrounds, this handbook provides the core conceptual and practical skills to embark on succesful research. The organization of the book reflects the knowledge that is required in order to become a competent and effective researcher. It follows the life-cycle of the research project: it begins with a discussion of ethical and philosphical issues; presents guides to both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; provides help on using computers in research; and includes advice on how to write up and present a research project. Based on the UK Economic and Social Research Council advice on the training which students should undertake in preparation for postgraduate research, this book will be invaluable for all beginning researchers.
Twenty-eight contributed papers provide an overview of LIS research, offering recommendations and strategies for resolving issues related to this research and for improving the quality, quantity, and impact of research. Paper edition (unseen), $32.50. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, O
Essays & Bibliographic Sources on Research Design and Methods
Author: Ellen Perecman
Category: Social Science
A Handbook for Social Science Field Research: Essays & Bibliographic Sources on Research Design and Methods provides both novice and experienced scholars with valuable insights to a select list of critical texts pertaining to a wide array of social science methods useful when doing fieldwork. Through essays on ethnography to case study, archival research, oral history, surveys, secondary data analysis, and ethics, this refreshing new collection offers "tales from the field" by renowned scholars across various disciplines.
Aimed at helping research students, working full- or part-time in the social sciences, to be as effective as possible in the pursuit of their degrees. Organized in three parts, the book discusses how to undertake a research degree, study and research skills and strategic approaches to research.
David Silverman's seminal Doing Qualitative Research can justifiably claim to be `the supervisor in your pocket' for all PhD and Masters students embarking on their own qualitative research project. This hugely popular textbook has been fully revised and updated and is one of the few books available that can claim to be essential reading for anyone planning their own research project. Written in a lively, accessible style, this step-by-step guide provides answers to all the questions students ask when beginning their first research project. Silverman demonstrates how to learn the craft of qualitative research by applying knowledge about different methods to actual data. He provides practical advice on key issues, such as: defining `originality' and narrowing down a topic; keeping a research diary and writing a research report; and presenting research to different audiences. Features of Doing Qualitative Research: Second Edition include: - six new chapters - case studies of students' own experiential accounts of doing research - essential guidance on practical issues such as working with your supervisor or writing up your research - end-of-chapter 'researcher's checklists' - a range of examples from across the full range of social science disciplines, including sociology, education, health studies and business studies - the latest discussions of CAQDAS and E-research - an all new and extended methods glossary Doing Qualitative Research: Second Edition retains Silverman's uniquely accessible, hands-on style, walking the student through every aspect of the process of actually doing a qualitative research project. Packed with case studies and examples of students' experiences, the book has many features to aid study, including overviews, summaries of key skills and a glossary of terms. Each stage in the research process is grounded in worked examples based on the experiences of real students, with exercises designed both to test readers' knowledge and to encourage the development of practical skills.