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How to Research [Paperback]

Lorraine Blaxter , Christina Hughes , Malcolm Tight
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1 July 2001 0335209033 978-0335209033 2nd Revised edition
Praise for the first edition: "an immensely useful resource." - "Nursing Times Research". "...As a graduate research student, I have come across a number of books claiming to inform the reader 'how to research', and have become sceptical...This book challenges that sceptism and is to be warmly welcomed." - "Research Policy and Planning". " excellent choice for any student about to start a research project for the first time." - "British Journal of Educational Technology". "How to Research 2nd Edition" is about the practice and experience of doing research in the social sciences as well as in related subjects such as education, business studies and health and social care. It is aimed at those, particularly the less experienced, who are involved in small-scale research projects at college or at work. The book is written in an original, accessible and jargon free style using a variety of different forms of presentation to support the researcher. "How to Research 2nd Edition" offers: a series of useful exercises to help progress research thinking; a wide range of examples taken from a variety of subject areas; extensive annotated bibliographies for further reading; and, practical hints for all stages of the research process. This new edition has been completely revised with up-to-date bibliographies and has new sections on choosing the appropriate method; internet research; and searching the internet. It is an essential resource for undergraduate and postgraduate research methods courses in the social sciences and it is invaluable for anyone carrying out research as part of a workplace assignment.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335209033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335209033
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" excellent resource and reference tool for anybody undertaking social research. It provides practical advice on how to choose the most appropriate method for the research being undertaken and offers valuable advice and direction in negotiating various issues...It is written in an accessible encourage the reader to consider the research process from a practical and personal viewpoint...This second edition of the book includes new and up-to-date material and touches on areas often neglected in mainstream research books. These include techniques such as action research; and key issues such as time management and choosing a research supervisor. The book addresses the 'writing-up' process in some detail and covers a number of fundamental issues often ignored by more experienced researchers, such as grammar, referencing, spelling and use of tables and graphs...Not only is it an excellent starting point for new researchers and students, but undoubtedly the more experienced researcher will also find it valuable. Furthermore, those involved in teaching research methods or supervising research students would find this is a useful source of information, exercises and ideas." - Social Research News Social Research News 20031030 "This novel approach gives an accurate picture of what it's like to conduct research, and has useful top tips from people who often learned the herd way." - Richard Wiseman New Scientist 20021012

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Dr Loraine Blaxter is a Research Associate and Lecturer in Continuing Education at the University of Warwick. She has taught research methods at Oxford, Papua New Guinea and Warwick Universities. Her current research is on the place of education in adults' careers. She has published widely in academic and professional journals. Dr Christina Hughes is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include the development of research methodologies and the relations between learning and work. She is co-editor of Gender and Education, and her publications include Stepparents: Wicked or Wonderful? (1991) and Stepparents, Stepchildren (1994). Professor Malcolm Tight is Reader in Continuing Education at the University of Warwick. He researches post-compulsory education policy and practice, and the relations between adult and organizational learning. His publications include Higher Education: a part time perspective (Open University Press, 1990) Open Universities: a British tradition? (with Robert Bell, Open University Press, 1993) and Key Concepts in Adult Education and Training (1996). The authors have also published The Academic Career Handbook (Open University Press, 1998).

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I used this book while completing university studies and found it's direct writing style and practical approach to doing research in the social sciences of great benefit. Of particular value was the way the text was broken up with the use of Boxes, Exercises and Hints and Tips, offering succint advice relating to aspects of the research process, and providing opportunities to test knowledge gained of researching. The book covers all facets and steps involved in conducting a research project, from devising a research topic to publishing results of research. The publication date of the book (1996) does mean that some of the information in it is slightly outdated, the Internet for example is only referred to in passing as a new, developing database, but it would still remain highly useful to anyone who is just starting to undertake research at a university level, or to further develop existing skills and knowledge of researching. Relatively light on theory and very strong on the practicalities of research, highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars depends what you are looking for 2 Mar 2013
By suzana
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I bought this book to help me with UG dissertation. I would advise people to buy a different book for UG in Psychology
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 25 Jan 2010
As disribed, pakaged well and arrived well within the time scale. please with purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Applies to many disciplines 3 Nov 2006
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This book was the required textbook for a research class I took as part of my library master's program. The book is from the UK, so as an American, I did stumble over some of the phrasing! But, overall, it was an excellent read, which is something rare in a textbook. It neatly covers most of what you need to know to start on a research project for many of the social sciences, and is not just specific to one discipline. It has excellent in-text cross referencing, so you can skip around from chapter to chapter to find what you want, and still have references to where it's more fully explained in other chapters. If you need the book for a class, or are starting on an independant research project as part of a hobby or your job, I would reccommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Resource 22 Feb 2008
By Micah - Published on
This is a solid resource for guidance on researching almost anything. The authors are writing to the social research audience, but I have found the book useful for teaching an undergraduate research course in the agricultural sciences.
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