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Research Methods: The Basics

2nd edition, 2nd Edition

By Nicholas Walliman


234 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2017-09-08
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Research Methods: The Basics is an accessible, user-friendly introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice. This second edition provides an expanded resource suitable for students and practitioners in a wide range of disciplines including the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Structured in two parts – the first covering the nature of knowledge and the reasons for research, the second the specific methods used to carry out effective research and how to propose, plan, carry out and write up a research project – this book covers:

• Reasons for doing a research project

• Structuring and planning a research project

• The ethical issues involved in research

• Different types of data and how they are measured

• Collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data in order to draw sound conclusions

• Mixed methods and interdisciplinary research

• Devising a research proposal and writing up the research

• Motivation and quality of work.

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.

Table of Contents


Part I: Research theory and practice

1. Research basics

2. Research theory

3. Structuring the research project

4. Research ethics

5. Finding and reviewing the literature

Part II: The main research methods

6. The nature of data

7. Collecting and analysing secondary data: modern, historical and archival

8. Collecting primary data

9. Quantitative data analysis

10. Qualitative data analysis

11. Mixed methods and interdisciplinary research

12. Writing the proposal and planning the research project

13. Writing up the research

About the Author

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

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General