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README FIRST for a User's Guide to Qualitative Methods

README FIRST for a User's Guide to Qualitative Methods

Third Edition

© 2013 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Third Edition of this popular text offers those new to qualitative inquiry a clear and practical guide to the reasons for doing qualitative research, the fit of questions to methods, and the tasks of getting started. In their direct and friendly style, Lyn Richards and Janice Morse help researchers reflect on why they are working qualitatively, how to choose an appropriate method, and confidently approach research design, data making, coding, analyzing and finally writing up their results.
About the Authors
1. Why Readme First?
Part I. Thinking Research
2. The Integrity of Qualitative Research
3. Choosing a Method
4. Qualitative Research Design
Part II. Inside Analysis
5. Making Data
6. Coding
7. Abstracting
8. From Method to Analysis: Revisiting Methodological Congruence
Part III. Getting It Right
9. On Getting It Right and Knowing if It's Wrong
10. Writing It Up
Part IV. Beginning Your Project
11. Groundwork for Beginning Your Project
12. Getting Started
Appendix 1. Qualitative Software: Where to Go Next
Appendix 2. Applying for Funding
Author Index
Subject Index


Student Study Site
Reference guide to choosing software appropriate for each individual method. Links to sites carrying up-to-date reviews of software and tutorials are also included so that users may try out the computer tools and learn what they offer—and what they don’t—before they propose their own project.

“This text offers current thinking in the field. The authors are well-established qualitative researchers and have pulled off a great text for the beginning researcher.”

Matthew A. Eichler
Texas State University - San Marcos

“The key strength of this text is the discussion and presentation of how to think about qualitative research. This is the only text that discusses the process of thinking before doing at any stage of the research project from the general idea to the writing up and submitting for publication. This kind of discussion is extremely helpful for novice or experienced researchers as it helps them to take a step back in the middle of the research process, rethink clearly and improve the project.”

Ruth Segal
Seton Hall University

“This book combines the basics of qualitative research methods (why we choose qualitative over quantitative when we are trying to answer specific questions about human behavior) and the nuts and bolts of how to actually do qualitative research. I like that it explains qualitative research from conceptualization to writing up the results. Not a lot of textbooks accomplish this – they allude to a lot, but they don’t include the necessary information that this textbook includes.”

Rhonda R. Buckley
Texas Woman’s University

“The text is very clear and well organized, and accessible for new students. In comparison to many other introductory texts, it really brings to the fore the need for theoretical and methodological coherence.”

Irina L. G. Todorova
Northeastern University

“An invaluable introduction to qualitative inquiry that emphasizes several points that I rarely find in other texts and, although somewhat subtle, they are extremely important for doing rigorous research.”

Sandra Mott
Boston College

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