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Introduction to Social Research
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Introduction 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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Keith F. Punch is a social research expert and was Winthrop Professor in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia, and is now Professor Emeritus in the University of Western Australia.

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This is a beautifully understated and highly accessible book. It focuses on the issues and practicalities of doing social scientific research, introducing a wide range of methods and approaches to get students thinking and a project underway. This new edition has been thoroughly updated, and there are welcome new chapters on theory, literature searching, research ethics and the internet. The book is authoritative and will be well used by students and teachers of social science research methods.

-- Amanda Coffey, Professor
Comprehensive, thoroughgoing and well organised, Punch's book has a deservedly high reputation among social science researchers. This third edition, with new material on literature searching, ethics, theory and the Internet makes it a must-have for students and professional researchers alike. -- Gary Thomas, Professor of Inclusion and Diversity

In this work, Keith Punch covers all the essentials of social science research with clarity and an obvious command of the subject matter. His coverage of quantitative and qualitative methods from design through to collection and analysis offers breadth and depth perfect for any undergraduate attempting to navigate the research world. I look forward to putting a copy of this latest edition on my shelf and recommending it students.

-- Dr Zina O'Leary, Unit of Study Coordinator,
This 3rd edition provides an accessible yet comprehensive and detailed framework for understanding social research. The clear layout with chapter objectives and summary questions offers a robust and practical learning structure for students which guides them through both theoretical and methodological approaches to contemporary research. No research methods course should be without it!! -- Dr. Emma Bond, Deputy Director

All in all, this book is incredibly well structured and free from jargon and over complication. It is a joy to read, and it guides the reader step-by-step towards understanding what social research is all about.

-- Dr Sophie Lecheler * LSE Book Reviews Website *

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