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Introduction to Social Research

Introduction to Social Research
Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Third Edition
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December 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 text is invaluable,providing students with a highly useful overview of quantitative and qualitative approaches. I will be advising students as essential reading for my course in terms of an introduction to social science research.

Mr Philip Russell
Department of Humanities, Tallaght Institute of Technology
March 2, 2016

This textbook is a helpful handbook which can be used by any student, regardless of their year of study. It allows the student to explore what quantitative and qualitative research is in a manner which is constructive and easy to follow. The layout of the book allows the student to navigate their way through some important questions and dilemmas which research. It is definitely a helpful addition to any research course.

Ms Cindy Melanie Swartbooi
Psychology, Cornerstone Institute
January 28, 2016

A clear and concise introduction for students

Dr Alia Middleton
Political, Intern'nal & Policy Studies, Surrey University
January 5, 2016

An excellent introductory textbook covering all aspects of the research process. This is shorter than Bryman's book on social research methods, but has a similar scope, focusing on both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Clearly written with good explanations of the rationales behind various research methods.

Mr Jeremy Dixon
Dept of Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
September 24, 2015

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
September 4, 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 12, 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

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Chapter Two: Theory and Method in Social Science Research

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