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Qualitative Secondary Research

Qualitative Secondary Research
A Step-By-Step Guide

May 2019 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Using secondary data offers unique opportunities and challenges. This practical book will guide you through finding, managing and analysing qualitative secondary data in an error-free way.

Perfect for those doing dissertations and research projects, it provides an accessible introduction to the theory of secondary research and sets out the advantages and limitations of using this kind of research. Drawing on years of teaching and research experience, the authors

·       Offer step-by-step advice on how to use qualitative secondary data

·       Walk you through each stage of the research process

·       Provide practical, ethical tools to help you with your project

·       Show you how to avoid the potential pitfalls of using secondary data.

Clear and easy to understand, this book is a ready-made toolkit for successfully using qualitative secondary data. From beginner level and beyond, this no-nonsense guide takes the confusion and worry out of doing a secondary research project.

Chapter 1: Introducing Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 2: Preparing for Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 3: The Role of Theory in Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 4: Designing Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 5: Ethics in Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 6: Exploring Documents as Data
Chapter 7: Locating your Data
Chapter 8: Securing Quality over Quantity
Chapter 9: Constructing a Literature Review
Chapter 10: Managing your Data
Chapter 11: Analysing Data
Chapter 12: Working with Numbers
Chapter 13: Presenting your Findings and Conclusions
Chapter 14: Being a Qualitative Secondary Researcher

I recommend this book to students and more experienced researchers who want to conduct qualitative secondary research. It is a timely and accessible guide.

Emily Hansen
University of Tasmania

Overall, the authors have written a well thought out, accessible and comprehensive book, which is a welcome addition to a relatively small literature on secondary data and documentary analysis.

I will definitely be using this in my own research, to ensure that I have not forgotten important elements in my research design and analysis, and will be recommending chapter 5 (ethics in qualitative secondary research) as additional reading in the ethics chapter of my forthcoming book aimed at undergraduate student

Aimee Grant
SRA Research Matters

Concise and coherent text on QSR. Have been searching for a text that is accessible for students that will allow them to reflect on their progress as researchers while also equipping them with a voice to justify their choices. This meets those parameters.

Dr Christopher Buckingham
Winchester School of Art, Southampton University
April 18, 2021

This is an excellent introductory text for a methodology that has become accepted practice and increasingly expected by research funding bodies. Making full use of collected data is an ethical principle and will prepare students well for future practice.

Professor Wendy Hu
School of Medicine, Western Sydney University - Penrith Campus
November 15, 2020

Very good resource for students and graduates alike. Definitely a must-read and should-work-with book :-)

Dr Meik Nowak
IEE, Ruhr-University Bochum
April 19, 2021

The contents of the book allows students to carry out research with ease, the book has an easy flow and many useful areas for undergraduates to follow and complete any research work

Mrs Karen Cooke
Health, The Manchester College
August 22, 2019

This book should be an essential companion for anyone undertaking a research project. This underrepresented topic area is broken down into comprehensive chapters that provide a practical approach whilst prompting critical reflection also. Highly recommended.

Ms Sarah Edwards
Education, University College Birmingham
July 10, 2019

a well-crafted and accessibly-written textbook which willl be very useful to students at several levels

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
March 22, 2020

This is an essential and accessible book for all undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to carry out secondary research. This book offers a step-by-step guide into the processes of qualitative research, whilst allowing readers to develop their own critical thinking skills.

Miss Novlett Mitchell
University College Birmingham

Miss Novlett Mitchell
Education & Community, University College Birmingham
July 12, 2019

This book provides insights about qualititavie research and it is very useful for every dissertation module. I am so glad I had the opportunity to include it in my module

Dr Evgenia Theodotou
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
September 18, 2020