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How to Research

Handbook / Manual

By: Loraine Blaxter, Christina Hughes and Malcolm Tight

315 pages, b/w illustrations

Open University Press

Paperback | Mar 2011 | Edition: 4 | #197046 | ISBN-13: 9780335238675
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About this book

How to Research is a bestselling, practical book that reassures the first time researcher by leading them systematically through the whole research process; from the initial meetings with a supervisor to critically evaluating their ideas, doing the research and finally writing up the project. The book includes vignettes to help readers relate to research examples and provides both methodological and process information.

New features in this edition include:
- Additional coverage on literature reviews
- New material on changes in research ethics
- More detailed information on the use of diaries, internet ethnographies and visual methods
- Increased coverage of mixed methodologies

"How to Research" 4th edition is an ideal resource for the first-time researcher doing a small-scale research project in the social sciences whether they are at university or in the workplace. It supports its readers as they develop their skills to become more experienced researchers.


- All at Sea but Learning to Swim
- Getting Started
- Thinking About Methods
- Reading for Research
- Managing Your Project
- Preparing to Collect Data
- Collecting Data
- Preparing to Analyse Data
- Analysing Your Data
- Writing Up
- Finishing Off

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Loraine Blaxter and Christina Hughes are both based at the University of Warwick. Loraine is a Research Associate in the Institute of Health, School of Health and Social Studies and Christina is a Professor within the Department of Sociology. Christina is editor of a further book from Open University Press, "Disseminating Qualitative Research" (2003).

Malcolm Tight is a Professor in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University. He is author of two other recently published books by Open University Press, "The Development of Higher Education in the UK since 1945" (2009) and "Researching Higher Education" (2003).

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