Understanding and Doing Successful Research: Data Collection and Analysis for the Social Sciences, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Understanding and Doing Successful Research

Data Collection and Analysis for the Social Sciences, 1st Edition

By Shaun Best


344 pages

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Research Methods is an essential guide to carrying out a research project. Each of the focused chapters introduces and explains an aspect of social research to readers who may have no experience or knowledge of this subject. The emphasis is on ‘how to do’ various different methods, how to decide which is the most appropriate, and how to analyse the data. The book also includes examples of good practice from a range of social science disciplines.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started

Chapter 2: The Ethics of Social Research

Chapter 3: Searching and reviewing the literature

Chapter 4: Secondary Analysis - research using other people’s data

Chapter 5: Interviews

Chapter 6: The Case Study

Chapter 7: Ethnographic Approaches

Chapter 8: Observation, Participant Observation and Observational Inference

Chapter 9: Biographical and Auto-Biographical Research

Chapter 10: Documentary and Narrative Analysis

Chapter 11: Measurement and Statistical Inference

Chapter 12: What is a sample survey?

Chapter 13: Mixed Methods Research

Chapter 14: Evaluation Research and Experiments

Chapter 15: Successfully completing the project

Subject Categories

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