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.
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 peoples 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