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Introducing Research Methodology

Introducing Research Methodology
Thinking Your Way Through Your Research Project

Third Edition
  • Uwe Flick - Freie Universtität Berlin, Germany
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March 2020 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Offering an encyclopedic introduction to research, this book shows students how to think about every stage of their project and equips them with the tools they need to understand different research processes.

Packed with examples showing the diversity of research, this third edition provides hands-on guidance to help students:

  • Develop key academic skills like critical thinking, effective writing and building an argument
  • Confidently interpret findings, assess arguments and understand the wider impact of their research
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities involved in working with new types of data like social media and online data

Supported by a dynamic new website with downloadable templates, case studies, dos and don’ts videos and more, this practical book prepares students for not just getting to grips with methodological concepts, but being ready to apply them.

Part I: Orientation
Chapter 1: Why Social Research?
Chapter 2: Worldviews in Social Research
Chapter 3: Ethical Issues in Social Research
Chapter 4: From Research Idea to Research Question
Part II: Planning and Design
Chapter 5: Reading and Reviewing the Literature
Chapter 6: Steps in the Research Process
Chapter 7: Designing Social Research
Part III: Method Selection
Chapter 8: Deciding on Your Methods
Chapter 9: Triangulation and Mixed Methods
Part IV: Working with Data
Chapter 10: Using Existing Data
Chapter 11: Collecting Data
Chapter 12: Analyzing Data
Part V: Reflection and Writing
Chapter 13: What is Good Research? Evaluating Your Research Project
Chapter 14: Writing up Research and Using Results

A significant effort has been made to present a detailed, contemporary overview of designing and conducting social research. The author goes beyond the usual content covered in this type of textbook, by elaborating on worldview methodological approaches to research.

Shakiela K Davies
Clinical Psychology Lecturer, University of South Wales

This continues to be a stand-out resource for students who are undertaking their first social research project, and this edition brings many welcome updates. Particularly welcome are the strengthening of the section on ethics, and the integration of online and digital research throughout the text.

Cathy Lasher
Program Leader in Reflective Therapeutic Practice, The Metanoia Institute

A useful introduction to research methodology, including a raft of useful online resources for both students and staff

Dr Caroline Brett
Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University
September 17, 2020

Comprehensive, educative, easy to read and to overview.

Mr Par Engholm
School of Social Sciences, Sodertorn University
March 17, 2020

a very good update to this classic text on methodologies, useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students alike.

Mr Ian Andrew
Business School, Oxford Brookes University
March 3, 2020

A classic text - very user-friendly.

Dr Steve Hothersall
Social Work, Edge Hill University
February 28, 2020

The book offers a comprehensive introduction to research methodology

Mrs Lesley Dougan
Education Health & Community, Liverpool John Moores University
February 20, 2020

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Chapter 1: Why Social Research?

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