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Module Reading List

Project/Dissertation, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Catherine Bates
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General research guides

Bell, J. 2005. Doing Your Research Project. A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science  4th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Bell, J. with Waters, S. 2014. Doing your research project a guide for first-time researchers6th ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.

Blaxter, L., Hughes,C. & Tight,M. 2006. How to Research  3rd ed. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Burnett, J. (2009) Doing your social science dissertation. London: Sage. Online resource.

Bryman, A. 2016. Social Research Methods. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Please note that there are reference copies of this handbook in the Lifelong Learning Centre Resource Area).

Campbell, A. 2002. I think I’ll do some research today … Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association. Exeter 12-14 September 2002 Available online

Crème, P. & Lea, M. 2008. Writing at University: A Guide for Students 3rd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Cottrell, S. 2008. The Study Skills Handbook  3rd ed. Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan

Davis, Martin Brett. 2007 Doing a Successful Research Project: Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Greetham, B. 2014. How to write your undergraduate dissertation. 2ed ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Layder, D. 2013. Doing excellent small-scale research. London: Sage.

Levin, P. 2011. Excellent dissertations! 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Electronic resource.

Luck, M. 1999. Your student research project. Aldershot: Gower.

McNiff, J. and Whitehead, J. 2005. Action research for teachers: a practical guide. London: David Fulton.

Murray, N. and Hughes, G. 2008. Writing up your university assignments and research projects : a practical handbook. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Pryke M. et al. (eds) 2003. Using social theory : thinking through research. London: Sage.

Robson, C. 2002. Real World Research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Sagor, R. 2005. The action research guidebook: a four-step process for educators and school teams  Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press   

Schoskak J. and Schoskak, J. 2013. Writing research critically : developing the power to make a difference. Abingdon: Routledge.

Sharp, J.A.; Peters, J.; Howard, K. 2002. The management of a student research project. 3rd ed. Aldershot: Gower.

Sheehy, K. 2005. Ethics and research in inclusive education: values into practice  London: RoutledgeFalmer.

Swetnam, D. 2004. Writing Your Dissertation: how to plan, prepare & present successful work  3rd ed .Oxford: How To Books

Thomas, G. 2013. How to do your research project: a guide for students in education and applied social sciences. 2nd ed. London: Sage.

Walliman, N. 2004. Your undergraduate dissertation: the essential guide for success. London: SAGE.

Wisker, Gina. 2009. The undergraduate research handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

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General research methods handbooks

Babbie, E. R. 2012. The practice of social research 13th ed. London: Wadsworth Cangage Learning.

Berg, B. L. 2009/12.  Qualitative research methods for the social sciences . 7/8th ed. London: Pearson Education.

Blaikie, N. 2007.  Approaches to social enquiry 2nd ed. Cambridge: Polity.

Bryman, A. 2012.  Social Research Methods . 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

David, M., & Sutton, C. D. 2010. Social research: an introduction  (2nd ed.). London: SAGE.

Gilbert, G. N. 2008.  Researching social life  (3rd ed.). London: SAGE.

Hammond, M., & Wellington, J. 2012. Research methods: the key concepts. London: Routledge.

Harding, J. 2013.  Qualitative data analysis from start to finish, London: SAGE.

Kumar, R. 2010. Research methodology: a step-by-step guide for beginners 3rd ed. London: SAGE.

Lune, H.; Hunter College, CUNY; Berg, B. L. 2017. Qualitative research methods for the social sciences. 9th global ed. Harlow: Pearson.

Mason, J. 2002. Qualitative researching. 2nd ed. London: SAGE.   

Matthews, B. & Ross, L. 2010. Research methods: a practical guide for the social sciences. Harlow: Pearson.

May, T.  2011. Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process . 4th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

McNeill, P., & Chapman, S. 2005. Research methods . 3rd ed. London: Routledge.

Neuman, W.L. 2010. Social research methods: qualitative and quantitative approaches .7th ed. London: Pearson.

Punch, K. 2005. Introduction to social research: Quantitative and qualitative approaches . 2nd ed. London: SAGE.

Robson, C. 2011. Real world research: A resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers . 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Sarantakos, S. 2012. Social research4th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Schutt, R.K. 2012. Investigating the social world: the process and practice of research, London, Sage.

Seale, C. 2004.  Social research methods : a reader  London, Routledge.

Seale, C. 2012. Researching society and culture, London, SAGE.   

Seale, C., et al. 2007. Qualitative research practice. London: SAGE.

Silverman, D. 2011. Qualitative research: issues of theory, method and practice. 3rd ed. London: SAGE.

Somekh, B. & Lewin, C. 2005. Theory and methods in social research. London: SAGE.   

Walter, M. 2010. Social research methods. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Literature review and literature based research methods

Hart, C. 1998. Doing a literature review: releasing the social science research imagination. London: SAGE.

Hart, C. 2001. Doing a literature search: a comprehensive guide for the social sciences. London: SAGE.

Jesson, J., Matheson, L., & Lacey, F. M. 2011. Doing your literature review: traditional and systematic techniques. London: SAGE.

Oliver, P.  2012. Succeeding with your literature review: a handbook for students. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Pawson, R. 2006. Evidence-based policy: a realist perspective. London: SAGE.

Pope, C., Mays, N., & Popay, J. 2007. Synthesizing qualitative and quantitative health evidence : a guide to methods. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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Research ethics

Alderson, P., & Morrow, V. 2011. The ethics of research with children and young people: a practical handbook. London: SAGE.

Israel, M., & Hay, I. 2006. Research ethics and integrity for social scientists : beyond regulatory compliance. London: SAGE.

Mertens, D. M., & Ginsberg, P. E. 2009. The handbook of social research ethics. London: SAGE.

Miller, T., et al. 2012. Ethics in qualitative research . 2nd ed. London: SAGE.

Oliver, P. 2010. The student's guide to research ethics . 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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Interviewing and focus groups

Arksey, H., & Knight, P. T. 1999. Interviewing for social scientists: an introductory resource with examples. London: SAGE.

Gubrium, J. F., & Holstein, J. A. 2001. Handbook of interview research: context & method. London: SAGE.

Keats, D. M. 2000. Interviewing: a practical guide for students and professionals. Buckingham: Open University Press.

King, N., & Horrocks, C. 2010. Interviews in qualitative research. London: SAGE.

Kvale, S., & Brinkmann, S. 2009. InterViews: learning the craft of qualitative research interviewing. 2nd ed. London: Sage Publications.

Stewart, D. W., Shamdasani, P. N., & Rook, D. W. 2006. Focus groups: theory and practice2nd ed. London: SAGE.

Krueger, R. A., & Casey, M. A. 2009. Focus groups: a practical guide for applied research4th ed. London: SAGE.

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Survey Research

Burgess, T. F. 2001. A general introduction to the design of questionnaires for survey research. Leeds: University of Leeds. Available online:

De Vaus, D. A. 2012. Surveys in social research. 6th ed. London: Routledge.

Gillham, B. 2008. Small-scale social survey methods : real world research. London: Continuum.

Gorard, S. 2003. Quantitative methods in social science. London: Continuum.

Gorard, S. 2006. Using everyday numbers effectively in research. London: Continuum.

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Content and media analyses

Barry, P. 2017. Beginning theory: an introduction to literary and cultural theory4th ed. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Former editions also available in the University Library. 

Berger, A. 2005. Media analysis techniques . 3rd ed. London: Sage.   

Bock, M. A., & Krippendorff, K. 2009. The content analysis reader. London: SAGE.

Franzosi, R. 2008. Content analysis. London: SAGE.

Gillespie, M., & Toynbee, J. 2006. Analysing media texts. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Krippendorff, K. 2012. Content analysis: an introduction to its methodology . 3rd ed. London: SAGE.

Neuendorf, K. A. 2002/2012. The content analysis guidebook. London: SAGE.

Riffe, D., Lacy, C. and Fico, F. 2005. Analyzing media messages: using quantitative content analysis in research . 2nd ed. London: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Riffe, D., Lacy, C. and Fico, F. 2014. Analyzing media messages: using quantitative content analysis in research [electronic resource]. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. 

Schreier, M. 2012. Qualitative content analysis in practice. London: SAGE.

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Online Research

Ackland, R. 2013  Web social science : concepts, data and tools for social scientists in the digital age, London: SAGE.

Gaiser, T. J., & Schreiner, A. E. 2009. A guide to conducting online research. London: SAGE.

Fielding, N., Lee, R. M., & Blank, G. 2008.  The SAGE handbook of online research methods. London: SAGE.

Fielding, N.G.; Lee, R. M.; Blank, G. 2017. The SAGE handbook of online research methods [electronic resource]. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: SAGE Reference.

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Qualitative Data Analysis

Bazeley, P. 2013. Qualitative Data Analysis. London: SAGE.

Flick, U. 2013. The SAGE handbook of qualitative data analysis. London: SAGE.

Grbich, C. 2012. Qualitative data analysis: an introduction. London: SAGE.

Harding, J. 2013. Qualitative data analysis from start to finish. London: SAGE.

Miles, M. B., Huberman, A. M., & Saldaña, J. 2013. Qualitative data analysis: a methods sourcebook  (3rd ed.). London: SAGE.

Silverman, D. (ed.) 2011.  Qualitative research: issues of theory, method and practice (3rd ed.). London: SAGE.

Silverman, D. 2011. Interpreting qualitative data: a guide to the principles of qualitative research. 4th ed. London: SAGE.

Wertz, K. et al. 2011. Five ways of doing qualitative analysis: phenomenological psychology, grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative research, and intuitive inquiry. London: Guilford.

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Quantitative data analysis

Blaikie, N. W. H. 2003. Analyzing quantitative data: From description to explanation. London: SAGE Publications.

Byrne, D. 2002. Interpreting quantitative data. London: SAGE.

Connolly, P. 2007. Quantitative data analysis in education: A critical introduction using SPSS. Abingdon: Routledge.

Fielding, J. L., & Gilbert, G. N. 2000. Understanding social statistics. Thousand Oaks, London: SAGE.

Greasley, P. 2008. Quantitative data analysis using SPSS: An introduction for health and social science. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

This list was last updated on 19/09/2020