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Oxford University Press
15 December 2015
Research & information: general; Research methods: general; Society & Social Sciences; Sociology & anthropology
This best-selling introduction to research methods provides students and researchers with unrivalled coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods, making it invaluable for anyone embarking on social research. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Social Research Methods is packed full of engaging examples and practical tips to equip students with the tools and knowledge needed for them to complete their own research projects. In addition to providing practical advice, Bryman deftly explores the nature of social research and the wider issues impinging on it. This book is supported by an Online Resource Centre, which includes:

For Students* A researcher's toolkit to take students step by step through the research process* Multiple choice questions to help students test their knowledge and understanding* A guide to using Excel in data analysis to help develop analytical skillsFor Lecturers* A test bank of questions which can be customised to meet teaching needs* PowerPoint slides for each chapter* New seminar outlines including suggested activities and tasks * New exam and course work questions to set in class
By:   Alan Bryman (Professor of Organisational and Social Research University of Leicester)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   5th Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 263mm,  Width: 205mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   1.642kg
ISBN:   9780199689453
ISBN 10:   0199689458
Pages:   784
Publication Date:   15 December 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Part One: The Research Process 1: The nature and process of social research 2: Social research strategies: quantitative research and qualitative research 3: Research designs 4: Planning a research project and formulating research questions 5: Getting started: reviewing the literature 6: Ethics and politics in social research Part Two: Quantitative Research 7: The nature of quantitative research 8: Sampling in quantitative research 9: Structured interviewing 10: Self-administered questionnaires 11: Asking questions 12: Structured observation 13: Content analysis 14: Using existing data 15: Quantitative data analysis 16: Using IBM SPSS for Windows Part Three: Qualitative Research 17: The nature of qualitative research 18: Sampling in qualitative research 19: Ethnography and participant observation 20: Interviewing in qualitative research 21: Focus groups 22: Language in qualitative research 23: Documents as sources of data 24: Qualitative data analysis 25: Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis: using NVivo Part Four: Mixed Methods Research and Writing Up 26: Breaking down the quantitative/qualitative divide 27: Mixed methods research: combining quantitative and qualitative research 28: Writing up social research

Alan Bryman is Professor of Organisational and Social Research at the University of Leicester.

Reviews for Social Research Methods

Review from previous edition: 'Perfectly organized and precisely written, Bryman's Social Research Methods remains the essential text. The book will continue to underpin research methods teaching across the social sciences, and to shape, guide and spur on the work of current and future generations of social researchers.' -- Richard Giulianotti, Professor of Sociology, Durham University`This book is an indispensable guide for every social science student, introducing the fundamental principles and underlying theories of the subject, while also offering a practical toolkit for carrying out social research.' -- Hannah Russell, MA Student in Social Research (Social Policy), University of Birmingham


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