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Sources for Research Methods

There are many guides and handbooks for both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Most books on social science methodology are found in the H and HA 29 call number area (third floor, East, in Ellis Library). Methodology books are very high use, so if our copy is checked out, request the book from ALL MERLIN or MOBIUS.


A small sampling of books available:

Advances in visual methodology. Sarah Pink, ed. HM 500 .A383 2012

Do it yourself social research: the bestselling practical guide to doing social research projects . Yoland Wadsworth. H 62 .W188 2011

Regression analysis for the social sciences. Rachel A. Gordon. H61 .G578 2010

Data analysis using Stata, 2nd ed, 2009; Ulrich Kohler, Frauke Kreuter. QA276.4 .K63 2009. Note: NEW EDITION coming.

Using Stata for quantitative analysis. Kyle C Longest, 2012. HA 32 .L66 2012. Note: NEW EDITION coming.

The basics of social research, 5th ed. Earl R. Babbie. H62 .B18 2011

Designing qualitative research. Catherine Marshall, Gretchen B. Rossman. H62 .M277 2011)

Essentials of qualitative interviewing. Karin Olson. H 62 .O47 2011)

Handbook of interview research: context &method. Jaber F.Gubrium and James A.Holstein. H61.28 .H36 2002.

A handbook of statistical analyses using Stata, 4th ed. Rabe-Hesketh & Everitt. QA 276.4 .R33 2007

The SAGE handbook of qualitative research, Denzin & Lincoln. H62 .H2455 2005. NEW EDITION COMING 2017

Handbook of emergent methods, edited by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Patricia Leavy. H62 .H24536 2008

Foundations of mixed methods research : integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches in the social and behavioral sciences. Charles Teddlie, Abbas Tashakkori. H62 .T294 2009

A critical introduction to social research. Matt Henn, Mark Weinstein and Nick Foard. H62 .H38 2009

Internet, mail, and mixed-mode surveys : the tailored design method. Don Dillman. HM538 .D55 2009

Feminist studies : a guide to intersectional theory, methodology and writing. Nina Lykke. HQ 1180 .L95 2010

The qualitative manifesto : a call to arms. Norman K. Denzin. HM585 .D46 2010.


Online works from the SAGE Reference Online Library:

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Writing a SOCIOLOGY research paper (guide from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

MU's Campus Writing Center primarily serves undergraduates, while the Campus Writing Program is dedicated to teaching writing. Writing tutors at the Online Writery will work with papers under 10 pages in length (MU login required).