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"I found this book brilliant, I had never undertaken anything like a dissertation before and this book had everything in it that I needed to know. It is written in 'simple English' which is a bonus as some books are just too hard to understand. Everything you need to know about writing your dissertation is in here. I would recommend this book to all levels."
*****Review of the third edition from Amazon.co.uk
How to Research is a bestselling, practical book that reassures the first time researcher by leading them systematically through the whole research process; from the initial meetings with a supervisor to critically evaluating their ideas, doing the research and finally writing up the project.
The book includes vignettes to help readers relate to research examples and provides both methodological and process information.
New features in this edition include:
Additional coverage on literature reviews
New material on changes in research ethics
More detailed information on the use of diaries, internet ethnographies and visual methods
Increased coverage of mixed methodologies
How to Research 4e is an ideal resource for the first-time researcher doing a small-scale research project in the social sciences whether they are at university or in the workplace. It supports its readers as they develop their skills to become more experienced researchers.
Table of contents
All at Sea but Learning to Swim
Thinking About Methods
Reading for Research
Managing Your Project
Preparing to Collect Data
Preparing to Analyse Data
Analysing Your Data
Loraine Blaxter and Christina Hughes are both based at the University of Warwick. Loraine is a Research Associate in the Institute of Health, School of Health and Social Studies and Christina is a Professor within the Department of Sociology. Christina is editor of a further book from Open University Press, Disseminating Qualitative Research (2003).
Malcolm Tight is a Professor in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University. He is author of two other recently published books by Open University Press, The Development of Higher Education in the UK since 1945 (2009) and Researching Higher Education (2003).