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Methods Resources for Thesis Writing

texbooks, databases, tutorials, and more


Qualitative Research

  • Burawoy, Michael. Ethnography Unbound: Power and Resistance in the Modern Metropolis. University of California Press, 1991.
  • Hammersley, M., and Atkinson, P. (2007) Ethnography: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition. London: Routledge.
  • Hogan, Susan (2013) ‘Understanding Discourse Analysis?’at
  • Holstein, J. & Gubrium, J. (1995) The Active Interview. Thousand Oaks: SAGE. 85 sidor.
  • O’Reilly, Karen (2009) Key Concepts in Ethnography. London: Sage.
  • Patton, Michael Quinn (1990). Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods (Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1990).
  • Prior, Lindsay (2011) Using Documents in Social Research. London: Sage.
  • Saldana, J. (2013) The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, 2nd Edition. London: SAGE.

Quantitative Research

  • Field, Andy (2013). Discovering statistics using SPSS : (and sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll). Sage: London.
  • Muijs, Daniel (2011) Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. London: Sage.
  • Pallant, Julie. (2010) SPSS Survival Manual, 4th Edition. Berkshire: Open University Press.

Mixed Methods

  • Julia Brannen (2005) Mixing Methods: The Entry of Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches into the Research Process, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 8:3, 173-184.
  • Creswell, John W., och Vicki L. Plano Clark. Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research. SAGE, 2011.

Theory and Philosophy of Science

  • della Porta, Donatella and Keating, Michael ((2008) Eds.) Sections from Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences: A Pluralist Perpective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
  • Haraway, Donna. (1988). Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective. Feminist studies 14 (3), 575-599.
  • Luckmann, Thomas. (2008). On social interaction and the communicative construction of personal identity, knowledge and reality. Organization Studies 29:277-290.
  • Jackson, Patrick T. (2010). The conduct of inquiry in international relations: philosophy of science and its implications for the study of world politics. New York, Routledge.

Research Design and Methodology

  • Becker, Howard Saul. Tricks of the trade: how to think about your research while you’re doing it. Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing. Chicago, Ill: University of Chicago Press, 1998.
  • Stinchcombe, Arthur L. (2005) The Logic of Social Research, University of Chicago Press, Chicago. Chapter 1. 21 sidor.

Writing a Thesis

  • Eco, Umberto. How to Write a Thesis. MIT Press, 2015.

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