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The SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods



© 2006 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Bringing together the work of over eighty leading academics and researchers worldwide to produce the definitive reference and research tool for the social sciences, The SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods contains more than 230 entries providing the widest coverage of the all the main terms in the research process. It encompasses philosophies of science, research paradigms and designs, specific aspects of data collection, practical issues to be addressed when carrying out research, and the role of research in terms of function and context.

Each entry includes:

- A concise definition of the concept

- A description of distinctive features: historical and disciplinary backgrounds; key writers; applications

- A critical and reflective evaluation of the concept under consideration

- Cross references to associated concepts within the dictionary

- A list of key readings

Written in a lively style, The SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods is an essential study guide for students and first-time researchers. It is a primary source of reference for advanced study, a necessary supplement to established textbooks, and a state-of-the-art reference guide to the specialized language of research across the social sciences.

A must have reference book for all students engaged in a research project.

Mrs Özlem Erkmen
Communications , DOĞUŞ UNIVERSITY
September 7, 2016

The best resource on the market of this type. A very comprehensive reference guide for all students engaged in a research project.

Mrs Liana Beattie
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
October 18, 2015

This is a fantastic clearly written book which provides clarity both for undergraduates but also postgraduate students. It is also an excellent resource for lecturers to balance and check teaching and learning with.

Ms andrea stebbings
school of nursing and midwifery, University of Plymouth
September 22, 2015

This is a very accessible book which I will be using for my undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as those I supervise for dissertations. It will assist them in understanding the research methods used in literature they engage with as well as designing their own projects.

Dr Marian Duggan
Social Policy, Sociology & Social Rsch, University of Kent
July 7, 2015

This book contains a range of brief excerpts of relevant social science reseacrh methods and hence I have included this as a background reading for my unit.

Dr Palash Kamruzzaman
Dept of Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
November 6, 2012

This was a useful book for general overview purposes

Ms Ciara O'Sullivan
Media and Communcations, Templemore College of Further Education
June 12, 2012

Everything you need to know about research methodology. My only gripe is that some of the definitions are complex and difficult to understand.

Mr Ian Hamilton
Health , Northumbria University
December 22, 2011

good solid foundation to SRM, defines clearly and links terms well.

Mr Daniel Monk
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
November 28, 2011

A most useful book for general overviews of research methods.

Dr Michael McManus
Sociology , Durham University
May 9, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF of Introduction

PDF of Entries under 'A'

PDF of Entries under 'B'


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SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With SAGE Research Methods, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods' robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and "Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.