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Posted by eLibrarian on May 31st, 2017

Are you writing up a research proposal or looking for the most appropriate methodology for your research study? Here are our picks to guide you through the research process and perhaps inspire some new ideas or perspectives.

In addition to these ebooks, you may wish to check out the Research Methods and Methodology Guides by Emerald Publishing to learn about recent developments and trends in research techniques such as using crowdsourcing as a research tool, mixed methods research, ethnographic methods and participant observation. Also, the 30 Tips for Successful Academic Research and Writing by Deborah Lupton offers some great advice too!
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  • Adams, J, Raeside, R, & Khan, H 2014, Research Methods for Business and Social Science Students, New Delhi: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd, eBook Academic Collection.
    “Collecting data is a key part of the book and this includes both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The book also describes in clear terms how students can analyse data, interpret results and link these to the literature review and hence their own contribution. It sets out a range of fundamental ideas in research methods, such as deductivism and inductivism, and explains why methodology is not the same as method.”
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  • Blaxter, L 2010, How to Research, 4th edn, Berkshire, England: McGraw-Hill Education, Ebrary Academic Complete.
    “This book focuses on the processes of research as well as research methods. It aims to demystify research, recognizing the everyday skills and techniques involved. It encourages you to think of research as a kind of spiral through which you revisit the various stages of the process, but always with different and developed insights. The book is multidisciplinary in scope. It is designed to be suitable for those undertaking research in the social sciences, as well as in related subjects such as education, business studies and health and social care.”
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  • Booth, WC, Colomb, GG, & Williams, JM 2016, Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing: The Craft of Research, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, US, Ebrary Academic Complete.
    This book aims to “guide you through the complexities of turning a topic or question into a research problem whose significance matches the effort that you put into solving it; help you organize and draft a report that justifies the effort; [and] show you how to read your report as your readers will so that you can revise it into one that they will read with the understanding and respect it deserves.”
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  • Denscombe, M 2012, Research Proposals: A Practical Guide, Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education, eBook Academic Collection.
    “This helpful step-by-step handbook will guide the reader through each stage of doing a research proposal from choosing a subject right through to writing it up.”
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  • Oliver, P 2012, Succeeding with Your Literature Review: A Handbook for Students, Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education, eBook Academic Collection.
    “This book provides practical guidance on processes of researching a range of relevant literature on a subject, planning and writing a literature review.”
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  • Taylor, SJ, Bogdan, R, & DeVault, M 2015, Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: A Guidebook and Resource, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, Hoboken, US, Ebrary Academic Complete.
    “This book is about qualitative methodology — how to collect descriptive data, people’s own words, and records of people’s behavior. It is also a book on how to study social life phenomenologically.” Examples of chapters include research design and pre-fieldwork, participant observation, in-depth interviewing, data analysis in qualitative research, as well as writing and publishing qualitative studies.
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  • Wetcher-Hendricks, D 2011, Analyzing Quantitative Data: An Introduction for Social Researchers, Wiley, Somerset, US, Ebrary Academic Complete.
    This book consists of three main sections: 1) “Summarizing Data,” describes methods of organizing data, including suggestions for coding and entry into spreadsheets or databases, 2) “Statistical Tests,” which addresses inferential statistics, and presents explanations of and instructions for performing chi-square tests, t tests, analyses of variance, correlation and regression analyses, and some advanced statistical procedures, including explanations for when to use the tests in question, relevant formulas, and sample computations, and 3) “Applying Data,” provides direction on eliciting meaningful conclusions from statistical tests and on writing research reports that describe procedures and analyses. — from Preface
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