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Research methods bibliography

Research methods bibliography



Surveys: Design, Data Collection and Analysis

Interviewing and Participant Observation

Subject Specific

General Social Sciences

Anthropology and Ethnography

Human Geography


Physical and Biological Sciences

This bibliography represents the results of searches in the catalogue and Books in Print on CD ROM. It is not to be regarded as complete or as a series of recommendations. If you know of anything else useful let me know and I will add it.


Bailey, C.A. (1996) A guide to field research. Thousand Oaks; London: Pine Forge Press.

Blaxter, L. et al. (1996) How to research. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Buchler, J. (1961) The concept of method. New York: Coumbia University Press.

Burawoy, M. et al. (1991) Ethnography unbound: power and resistance in the modern metropolis. Berkeley; Oxford: University of California Press.

Chandler, J. et al. (eds.) (1994) Questions of evidence: proof, practice and passion across the disciplines. Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press.

Creswell, J.W. (1997) Qualitative inquiry and research design: choosing among five traditions. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Denscombe, M. (1998) The good research guide: for small scale social research projects. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Denzin, N.K. & Lincoln, Y.S. (1998) The uses and misuses of data and models: the mathemetization of the human sciences. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Denzin, N.K. (1989) Interpretive interactionism. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Denzin, N.K. (1996) Interpretive ethnography: ethnographic practices for the 21st century. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Ely, M. et al. (1991) Doing qualitative research: circles within circles. London: Falmer Press.

Erickson, K.C. & Stull, D.D. (1997) Doing team ethnography: warnings and advice. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Fals-Borda, O. & Rahman, M.A. (eds.) (1991) Action and knowledge: breaking the monopoly with participatory action research. New York: Apex Press; London: Intermediate Technology Publications.

Feagin, J.R. et al. (1991) A case or the case study. University of North Carolina Press.

Flinders, D.J. & Mills, G. (eds.) (1993) Theory and concepts in qualitative research: perspectives from the field. Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

Glezne, C. (1992) Becoming qualitative researchers: an introduction; 2nd ed. Penguin.

Grills, S. (1998) Doing ethnographic research: fieldwork settings. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Hammersley, M. & Atkinson, P. (1985) Ethnography: principles and practice; 2nd ed.. London: Routledge

Hammersley, M. (1992) What’s wrong with ethnography? London: Routledge.

King, G. et al. (1994) Designing social enquiry: scientific inference in qualitative research. Princeton University Press.

Moris, J. & Copestake, J. (1993) Qualitative enquiry for rural development: a review. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.

Morrow, R.A. & Brown, D.A. (1994) Critical theory and methodology: interpretive structuralism as a research program. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Morse, J.M. (1993) Critical issues in qualitative research methods. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Patton, M.Q. (1990) Qualitative evaluation and research methods; 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Ragin, C.C. & Becker, H.S. (eds.) (1992) What is a case?: exploring the foundations of social enquiry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sarkar, H. (1983) A theory of method. Berkeley; London: University of California Press.

Silverman, D. (ed.) (1997) Qualitative research: theory, method and practice. London: Sage.

Stake, R.E. (1995) The art of case study research. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Strauss, A. & Corbin, J. (1990) Basics of qualitative research: grounded theories, procedures and techniques. Newbury Park; London: Sage.

Symon, G. & Cassell, C. (eds.) (1998) Qualitative methods and analysis in organizational research: a practical guide. London: Sage.

Weinberg, D. (ed.) (2002) Qualitative research methods. Oxford: Blackwell.

Surveys: Design, Data Collection and Analysis

Alreck, P.L. & Settle, R.B. (1994) The survey research handbook; 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill.

Casley, D.J. & Lury, D.A. (1987) Data collection in developing countries; 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Couper, M.P. (1998) Computer assisted survey information collection. Chichester: Wiley.

Czaja, R. & Blair, J. (1996) Designing surveys: a guide to decisions and procedures. Thousand Oaks; London: Pine Forge Press.

de Munck, V.C. & Sobo, E.J. (eds.) (1998) Using methods in the field: a practical introduction and case book. AltaMita Inc.

Fink, A. & Kosecoff, J. (1985) How to conduct surveys: a step by step guide. Newbury Park; London: Sage.

Fink, A. (1995) The survey handbook. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Firebaugh, G. (1997) Analyzing repeated surveys. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Fitzgibbon, C.T. & Morris, L.L. (1987) How to design a program evaluation; 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Fowler, F.J. (1993) Survey research methods; 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Fowler, F.J. (1995) Improving survey questions: design and evaluation. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Gilbert, (1993) Analyzing tabular data: loglinear and logistic models for social researchers. London UCL Press.

Hedrick, T.E. et al. (1993) Applied research design: a practical guide. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Henerson, M. ( ) How to measure attitudes; 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Henry, G.T. (1990) Practical sampling. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Hippler, H.J. et al. (eds.) (1988) Social information processing and survey methodology. Berlin; New York: Springer.

Hobbs, D. & May, T. (1994) Interpreting the field: accounts of ethnography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Marshall, C. (1989) Designing qualitative research; 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Miller, S.I. & Fredricks, M. (1996) Qualitative research methods: social epistemology and practical enquiry. Peter Lang.

Pratt, B. & Loizos, P. (1992) Choosing research methods: data collection for development workers. Oxford: Oxfam.

Rea, L.M. & Parker, R.A. (1997) Designing and conducting survey research: a comprehensive guide; 2nd ed. Jassey-Bass.

Salant, P. & Dillman, D.A. (1994) Conducting surveys: a step by step guide to getting the information you need. Chichester: Wiley.

Weisberg, H.F. et al. (1996) An introduction to survey research, polling and data analysis; 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Wolcott, H.F. (1994) Transforming qualitative data: description, analysis and interpretation. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Interviewing and Participant Observation

Bartunek, J.M. & Louis, M.R. (1996) Insider outsider team research. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Becker, H.S. (1993) Problems of inference and proof in participant observation. Irvington Publishers.

Cannell, C.F. (?) A technique for evaluating interviewer performance: a manual for coding and analyzing interviewer behavior from tape recordings of household interviews. Books on Demand.

Fiksdal, S; Wallat, C. (ed.) (1990) The right time and pace: a micro-analysis of cross-cultural gatekeeping interviews. Ablex.

Higginbotham, J.B. & Cox, K.K. (eds.) (?) Focus group interviews: a reader. Books on Demand.

Holstien, J.A. & Gubbrium, J.F. (1995) The active interview. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage

Johnson, J.C. (1990) Selecting ethnographic informants. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Jorgensen, D.L. (1989) Participant observation: a methodology for human studies. Newbury Park; London: Sage.

Krueger, R.A. (1994) Focus groups: a practical guide to applied research; 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Morton-Williams, J (1993) Interviewer approaches. Dartmouth Publishing.

Rubin, I.B. & Rubin, H.J. (1995) Qualitative interviewing: the art of hearing data. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage

Saris, W.E. (1991) Computer-assisted interviewing. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Schuman, H. & Presser, S. (1996) Questions and answers in attitude surveys: experiments on question form, wording and context. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Spradley, J.P. (1980) Participant observation. Fort Worth; London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Tanur, J.M. (ed.) (1992) Questions about questions: inquiries into the cognative bases of surveys. Russell Sage Foundation.

Weiss, R.S. (1993) Learning from strangers: the art and method of qualitative interview studies. Free Press.

Subject Specific

General Social Sciences

Allan, G. & Skinner, C. (eds.) (1991) Handbook for research students in the social sciences. London: Falmer Press.

Babbie, E.R. (1998) The basics of social research. Wadsworth.

Bickman, L. & Rog, D.A. (eds.) (1997) Handbook of applied social research methods. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Blaikie, N.W. (1993) Approaches to social enquiry. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Booth, D. (ed.) (1994) Rethinking social development: theory, research and practice. Harlow: Longman.

Collin, F. (1985) Theory and understanding: a critique of interpretive social science. Oxford: Blackwell.

Cook, T.E. (1994) Criteria of social scientific knowledge: interpretation, prediction, praxes. Rowman & Littlefield.

de Vaus, D.A. (1991) Surveys in social research; 3rd ed. London: Allen & Unwin.

Diem, G. (1997) Social science research methods. CAT Publishing CO.

Ellis, (1993) Research methods of social sciences. McGraw Hill.

Galtung, J. (1967) Theory and methods of social research. London: Allen & Unwin.

Gebremedhin, T.G. & Tweeten, L.G. (1994) Research methods and communication in the social sciences. Praeger.

Howe, R. & Lewis, R. (1994) A student guide to research in the social sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hult, C.A. (1995) Researching and writing in the social sciences. Allyn & Bacon Inc.

Jones, M.O. et al. (eds.) (1988) Inside organizations: field studies of culture and symbolism. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Jones, R.A. (1996) Research methods in the social and behavioral sciences; 2nd ed. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.

Kaplan, A. (1998) The conduct of inquiry: methodology for behavioral sciences. Transaction Publishers.

Layder, D. (1993) New strategies in social research: an introduction and guide. Cambridge: Polity.

Mahajan, G. (1992) Explanation and understanding in the human sciences. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Marsden, P. (1993) Sociological methodology. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

May, T. & Williams, M. (1998) Knowing the social world. Buckingham: Open University Press.

May, T. (1997) Social research: issues, methods and process; 2nd ed. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Maynard, M. & Purvis, J. (eds.) (1994) Researching women’s lives from a feminist perspective. London: Taylor & Francis.

Meehan, E.J. (1994) Social enquiry: needs, possibilities, limits. Chatham House Publishers Inc.

Monkkonen, E.H. (ed.) (1994) Engaging the past: the uses of history across the social sciences. Durham, NC; London: Duke University Press.

Moser, C. & Kalton, G. (1971) Survey methods in social investigation; 2nd ed. Aldershot: Gower.

Mutchnick, R.J. & Berg, B.L. (1995) Research methods for the social sciences: practice and application. Prentice Hall.

Nichols, P. (1991) Social survey methods: a field guide for development workers. Oxford: Oxfam.

Oyen, E. (1990) Comparative methodology: theory and practice in international social research. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Phelan, P. & Reynolds, P. (1996) Argument and evidence: critical analysis for the social sciences. London: Routledge.

Punch, K.F. (1998) Introduction to social research: quantitative and qualitative approaches. London: Sage.

Reinharz, S. (1993) Social science research methods: feminist perspectives. PPI

Richter, M. (ed.) (1970) Essays in theory and history: an approach to the social sciences. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Robson, C. (1993) Real world research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers. Oxford: Blackwell.

Rucht, D. (ed.) (1991) Research on social movements: the state of the art in western Europe and the USA. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag

Sayer, A. (1992) Method in social science: a realist approach; 2nd ed.. London: Routledge.

Schutt, R.K. (1996) Investigating the social world: the process and practice of research. Thousand Oaks; London: Pine Forge Press.

Seltzer, (1995) Mistakes social scientists make. St Martin’s Press

Shipman, M.D. (1988) The limitations of social research; 3rd ed. Harlow: Longman.

Siedman, S. (1998) Contested knowledge: social theory in the post modern era; 2nd ed.

Singleton, R. et al. (1993) Approaches to social research; 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Singleton, R.A. & Straits, B.C. (1998) Approaches to social research; 3rd ed. Ocxford: Oxford University Press.

Sproull, N.L. (1995) Handbook of research methods:a guide for practitioners and students in the social sciences. Scarecrow Press.

Traub, R.E. (1994) Reliability for the social sciences: theory and applications. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Anthropology and Ethnography

Bernard, H.R. (1994) Research methods in anthropology: qualitative and quantitative approaches.; 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Stewart, A. (1998) The ethnographer’s method. Thousand Oaks; London: Sage.

Thomas, J. (1993) Doing critical ethnography. Newbury Park; London: Sage.

Human Geography

Eyles, J. & Smith, D.M. (eds.) (1988) Qualitative methods in human geography. Cambridge: Polity Press

Flowerdew, R. & Martin, D. (eds.) (1997) Methods in human geography: a guide for students doing research projects. Harlow: Longman.

Hoggart, K. et al. (2002) Researching human geography. London: Arnold.

Jones, J.P. et al. (eds.) (1997) Thresholds in feminist geography: difference, methodology, representation. Lanham, MD; Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield.

Limb, M. & Dwyer, C. (eds.) Qualitative methodologies for geographers: issues and debates. London: Arnold.


Elton, G.R. (1967) The practice of history. London: Methuen.

Floud, R. (1973) An introduction to quantitative methods for historians. London: Methuen.

Hexter, J.H. (1971) Doing history. London: Allen & Unwin.

Le Goff, J. & Nora, P. (eds.) (1985) Constructing the past: essays in historical methodology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Postan, M.M. (1971) Fact and relevance: essays on historical method. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Physical and Biological Sciences

Bak, P. (1997) How nature works: the science of self-organized criticality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ennos, A.R. & Bailey, S.E.R. (1995) Problem solving in environmental biology. Harlow: Longman.

Goudie, A.S. (ed.) (1990) Geomorphological techniques. London: Unwin Hyman.

Gregory, K.J. (1985) The nature of physical geography. London: Edward Arnold.

Haines-Young, R. & Petch, J. (1986) Physical geography: its nature and methods. London: Harper & Row.

King, C.A.M. (1966) Techniques in geomorphology.

Rhoads, B. & Thorn, C.E. (1996) The scientific nature of geomorphology. New York: Wiley.

Schumm, S.A. (1991) To interpret the earth: ten ways to be wrong. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Schumm, S.A., Mosley, P.M. & Weaver, W.E. (1987) Experimental fluvial geomorphology. New York; Chichester: Wiley.

Shrader-Frachette, K.S. & McCoy, E.D. (1993) Method in ecology: strategies for conservation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.