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Introduction to Social Research

Introduction to Social Research
Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Third Edition
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November 2013 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the new edition of Introduction to Social Research, Keith Punch takes a fresh look at the entire research process, from formulating a research question to writing up your research. Covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, the book focuses on matching research questions to appropriate methods. Offering concise, balanced coverage, this book clearly explains the underlying principles of social research and shows you how to put this understanding into practice.  

The third edition includes:
  • A new chapter on literature searching and reviewing
  • Expanded coverage of ethics
  • A new section on using the internet in research
  • A range of additional student learning features
  • A brand new companion website including full-text journal articles, additional case studies and video tutorials.
Using a range of examples from student research and published work, the book is an ideal introduction for any social science student taking a research methods course or embarking on their own undergraduate or postgraduate research project.
Theory and Method in Social Research
Ethics in Social Research - Alis Oancea
Research Questions
From Research Questions to Data
Literature Searching and Reviewing - with Alis Oancea
Qualitative Research Design
Collecting Qualitative Data
The Analysis of Qualitative Data
Quantitative Research Design
Collecting Quantitative Data
The Analysis of Quantitative Data
The Internet and Research - Wayne McGowan
Mixed Methods and Evaluation
Research Writing


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Companion website to accompany the Third Edition of Introduction to Social Research

This is a good, clear book that covers all the necessary bases of research methods and explains the more abstract concepts (i.e. what does "empirical" mean) in an approachable manner

Dr Katrin Tiidenberg
Sociology, Tallinn University
October 12, 2015

For level 3 students, this is an excellent book to introduce the concept of research and provide some foundation knowledge to support them to carry out a basic research project. The exercises and study questions for each chapter help them to consolidate learning.

early years health and care, South Essex College
August 4, 2015

A thorough guide to social research, clearly devised and well planned. Will hopefully help guide students through the research process step by step.

Mr David Wright
Applied Psychology, University of Cumbria
June 29, 2015

This is a very useful book for students as it covers a wide range of research types and explains them very clearly.

Ms Rita Walsh
School of Business, Royal Agricultural College
June 26, 2015

A comprehensive book which covers all the basics and more. A must for any student.

Miss Anna Waistnage
Health and Social care sciences, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
June 2, 2015

This is a very good and a very practical book. Added to recommended books in our Tutorial Letter FOR5906 Advanced Intelligence.

Mr Hennie Lochner
Police Practice, Unisa
May 24, 2015

A clear and definitive exploration of research methods in social science.

Mr Sean Brockbank
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
May 14, 2015

A Clear and concise introductory text for undergraduate students.

Ms Eileen Farrell
Business and Humanities, Institute of Technology Carlow
April 20, 2015

This textbook provides an excellent reference book for all elements of the social research process. It is a useful resource for students undertaking their own research project or analysing research. I will be recommending it on the MA Social Work Dissertation module and BA Level 6 Research mindedness for social workers module at the University of Wolverhampton.

Miss Fiona Morgan
School of health and wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
April 16, 2015

Too complex for work at level 4.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
March 24, 2015

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