Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
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 researchers. 6th 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.
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 research. 4th 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.
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.
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.
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 practice. 2nd ed. London: SAGE.
Krueger, R. A., & Casey, M. A. 2009. Focus groups: a practical guide for applied research. 4th ed. London: SAGE.
Burgess, T. F. 2001. A general introduction to the design of questionnaires for survey research. Leeds: University of Leeds. Available online: https://web.archive.org/web/20100726151655/http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/cermes/SocMonPub/Workshop_trainin_%20resources/Recommended_reading/Questionnaire%20design%20and%20analysis/Burgess_2001_Survey_design.pdf
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.
Content and media analyses
Barry, P. 2017. Beginning theory: an introduction to literary and cultural theory. 4th 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.
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.
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.
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