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Researching Information Systems and Computing [Paperback]

Briony J Oates
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4 Nov 2005 141290224X 978-1412902243
With everything readers need to know about how to execute their research project, this book is written specifically for information systems (IS) and computing students. It introduces key quantitative and qualitative research methods, makes sense of underlying philosophies, and helps readers navigate and assess existing academic papers. Special features support students as they bridge the gap between theory and practice. These include:

- research examples from the IS and computing disciplines;

- suggestions on how to build internet research into each method mentioned;

- an explanation of how knowledge is created, drawing an analogy between this and the creation of software systems

Throughout, readers are supported by pedagogical features such as learning objectives, explanations, discussion questions, evaluation guides and further reading.


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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (4 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141290224X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412902243
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tried and tested 30 July 2012
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I am belatedly reviewing this book after many years of using it with Masters students. This book is an excellent prop for Masters and PhD students who are struggling to scope and plan their research. I have had much positive feedback from students on its utility for them. It is even more effective if their supervisor can signpost them to relevant sections like the diagram on the Research process, and the literature review section that distinguishes between author- centric and issue-centric approaches (a concept that may struggle with). It is written clearly and well-organised.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I am recommending this text for my masters levels students. For the scale of their projects they do not have time to do fundamental quantitative research, and frequently that would not be appropriate: hence many focus on qualitative approaches.

This text gives clear discussions of the pros and cons of different approaches, practical hints and tips and good follow-on references.

However, this text would be less suitable for "pure" computer science students.

My experience is that (despite support from supervisors) many students have difficulties in at least one of the following areas (i) scoping a project (ii) defining their research area and choosing appropriate research techniques, and (iii) clearly, effectively, and critically, reviewing relevant literature. I believe this text provides clear guidance for students to follow in these areas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it 22 Mar 2014
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I received a brand new book as expected .. its very useful for research students .. I would recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Stuff 2 Nov 2013
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An easy to read and interlectually accessible book that's worth a lot more than than time I spent reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philodphy underpinning research 25 Oct 2013
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I used this book with students doing an early childhgood studies degree as the explantions on the philosophy underpinning research was excellent.
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