As a best-selling introductory book on the basics of social research, The Good Research Guide
provides an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the main approaches to social research and the methods most commonly used by researchers in the social sciences.
This edition has been updated to account for recent developments in the field such as:
- The emergence of mixed methods approaches
- Increased use of internet research
- More frequent use of methods such as triangulation and focus groups
- Developments in research ethics
Written for anyone undertaking a small-scale research project, either as part of an academic course or as part of their professional development, this book provides:
- A clear, straightforward introduction to data collection methods and data analysis
- Explanations of the key decisions researchers need to take, with practical advice on how to make appropriate decisions
- Essential checklists to guide good practice
This book is perfect for the first-time researcher looking for guidance on the issues they should consider and traps they should avoid when embarking on a social research project.
Martyn Denscombe is Professor of Social Research at De Montfort University. He graduated in sociology and then qualified as a teacher at the University of London (Goldsmiths' College). He has a PhD from the University of Leicester for research on the social organization of teaching.
List of figures
Part 1: Strategies for social research
Part 2: Methods of social research
Part 3: Analysis
Writing up your research
Frequently asked questions