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Research Methods: The Basics

By Nicholas Walliman

© 2011 – Routledge

194 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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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

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1 1. Research Basics 2. Research Theory 3. Structuring the Research Project 4. Research Ethics 5. Finding and Reviewing The Literature Part 2 6. The Nature Of Data 7. Collecting and Analysing Secondary Data 8. Collecting Primary Data 9. Quantitative Data Analysis 10. Qualitative Data Analysis 11. Writing the Proposal and Writing Up the Research. Glossary. Bibliography. Index

About the Author

Nicholas Walliman is Senior Lecturer in the Department 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