The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers by Bruce BallengerAn appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from student and professional writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive. Students are encouraged to find ways to bring their writing to life, even though they are writing with facts. A unique chronological organization sets up achievable writing goals while it provides week-by-week guidance through the research process. Full explanations of the technical aspects of writing and documenting source-based papers help students develop sound research and analysis skills.
Action Research for Educators by Daniel R. TomalMost research methods are too impractical and painstaking for educators. Teachers and administrators at all levels elementary, secondary, and university need a simple, yet powerful book on conducting action research as a viable method for making educational improvements. This user-friendly book covers the principles and history of action research, ethical and legal considerations, how to conduct both formal and informal action research, data collection methods, data analysis and interpretation, planning and initiating action, and evaluating the results of action. Illustrations are included in each chapter. Features: . A procedure model for using action research in the school environment. . A model of action research with examples. . A comprehensive description of how action research varies from the use of qualitative and quantitative research methodology. . Examples of benchmarking techniques that can aid an educator in using action research. . Examples of how to conduct literature reviews. . A detailed explanation of collecting data and analyzing this data in a practical manner. . Practical tips and strategies to analyze data using basic statistical methods. . Samples of teacher action research projects and references. . How to construct graphs using Microsoft Excel. . Methods of evaluating action research. . Explanation of how to conduct a formal action research proposal. . Strategies in conducting interviews and surveys. Designed for elementary and secondary teachers and administrators as a practical guide, and for university professors as a required textbook or supplemental book."
Call Number: LB1028.24 .T66 2003
Publication Date: 2003
The Art of Creative Research: A Field Guide for Writers by Philip GerardAll writers conduct research. For some this means poring over records and combing, archives but for many creative writers research happens in the everyday world--when they scribble an observation on the subway, when they travel to get the feel for a city, or when they strike up a conversation with an interesting stranger. The Art of Creative Research helps writers take this natural inclination to explore and observe and turn it into a workable--and enjoyable--research plan. It shows that research shouldn't be seen as a dry, plodding aspect of writing. Instead, it's an art that all writers can master, one that unearths surprises and fuels imagination. This lends authenticity to fiction and poetry as well as nonfiction. Philip Gerard distills the process into fundamental questions: How do you conduct research? And what can you do with the information you gather? He covers both in-person research and work in archives and illustrates how the different types of research can be incorporated into stories, poems, and essays using examples from a wide range of writers in addition to those from his own projects. Throughout, Gerard brings knowledge from his seasoned background into play, drawing on his experiences as a reporter and a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His enthusiasm for adventure is infectious and will inspire writers to step away from the keyboard and into the world. "Research can take you to that golden intersection where the personal meets the public, the private crosses the universal, where the best literature lives," Gerard writes. With his masterly guidance, anyone can become an expert in artful investigation.
Call Number: PN146 .G47 2017
Publication Date: 2017
Basic Research Methods: An Entry to Social Science Research by Gerard GuthrieThis book offers a comprehensive and well-rounded view of research as a tool for problem-solving in the wide range of the social sciences. It is built on the foundation of philosophical pragmatism, postulating that the value of knowledge and research methodologies lie in their usefulness in engaging with the real world. The book synthesizes both positivist and non-positivist methodologies. It is meant for students who are undertaking their first research course or project. The techniques, while basic in nature, are used in many masters and doctoral research studies. The book uses engaging language, real-life examples from various subject areas and follows an inductive approach. With the help of this book, from an experiential base, students should be able to build a more advanced conceptual and theoretical understanding of research through further reading and practice. This book discusses a policy-applied-pure-action model of research covering both quantitative and qualitative methods for case study, survey and experimental designs. It pays considerable attention to measurement principles and to data analysis techniques that make practical use of Microsoft Excel for analysis of both words and numbers. It includes a building block approach to writing, as well as the author's thoughts on application of research in the real world.
Criminal Justice Research in Libraries and on the Internet by Bonnie R. NelsonLibrary research has changed dramatically since Marilyn Lutzker and Eleanor Ferrall's "Criminal Justice Research in Libraries" was published in 1986. In addition to covering the enduring elements of traditional research, this new edition provides full coverage of research using the World Wide Web, hypertext documents, computer indexes, and other online resources. It gives an in-depth explanation of such concepts as databases, networks, and full text, and the Internet gets a full chapter. The chapters on bibliographic searching, the library catalog, and comparative research are almost totally new, and chapters on indexes and abstracts, newsletters, newspapers and news broadcasts, documents, reports and conference proceedings, and statistics reflect the shift to computerized sources. The chapter on legal resources discusses the wealth of legal information available on the Internet. A new chapter on library research in forensic science corrects an omission from the first book. With the growth of computerized indexes and the Internet, more and more researchers are admitting that they feel inadequate to the new tools. Librarians themselves are struggling to keep abreast of the new technology. This book will help students, practitioners, scholars, and librarians develop a sense of competency in doing criminal justice research.
Call Number: Z5703.4.C73 N45 1997
Publication Date: 1997
Finding History: Research Methods and Resources for Students and Scholars by Christine BombaroIn today s world of modern research methods, the irony is that even though more materials are readily available now than ever before, this proliferation of sources has actually made the process more difficult for the novice researcher. In addition, today s professors expect high-quality sources to be used in students undergraduate research precisely because so much information is available; however, without instruction, many students are not even aware of the standard history sources that they should be using routinely for history research projects. Finding History is a practical and modern guide to research for history projects, helping to sort through the available resources and technology for students, scholars, and librarians. Finding History includes practical, step-by-step instructions for discovering historical evidence using library catalogs, databases, and websites. It simplifies and clarifies the research process so that students new to the experience may locate appropriate research material with the same skill as seasoned historians. This book addresses the information literacy skills defined by the American Library Association and the American Historical Association, which include .recognizing the need for scholarly historical information; .defining and identifying the need for primary, secondary, and tertiary sources; .knowing what finding tools are available to help locate historical sources; .using history research tools efficiently and effectively; .learning research vocabulary as well as the vocabulary of the historical profession; .making evaluative judgments about the scholarly value of materials once they are located; .physically acquiring research materials; .using research material effectively to support a thesis or argument; and .using research material ethically and responsibly. Including search samples and tables, Finding History is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to ensure their research draws from the best available sources and those needing instruction in locating, obtaining, evaluating, and using scholarly sources efficiently, directly, and ethically."
Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies by James L. HarnerJames L. Harner's Literary Research Guide, which Choice calls "the standard guide in the field," evaluates important reference materials in English studies. Since the publication of the first edition in 1989, tens of thousands of students and educators have used the Guide as an aid to scholarly research. In the new edition Harner has added entries describing resources published since May 2001 and has revised nearly half the entries from the fourth edition. The fifth edition contains more than 1,000 entries, which discuss an additional 1,555 books, articles, and electronic resources and cite 723 reviews. Readers of earlier editions will notice the inclusion of substantially more electronic resources, particularly reliable sites sponsored by academic institutions and learned societies, to account for the proliferation of bibliographic databases, text archives, and other online resources. This edition also features a new section on cultural studies.
Call Number: Z2011 .H34 2008
Publication Date: 2008
A Practical Guide to Arts-Related Research by Maggi Savin-Baden; Katherine WimpennyThis book outlines the principles and practices of arts-related inquiry and provides both suggestions about conducting research in the field as well as case study examples. The ideas presented here have emerged from the authors' own experiences of undertaking arts-related research and the challenges of implementing these approaches. The book therefore draws on personal research, practice and experience to address the concerns academics increasingly appear to be voicing about developing the scholarship and practice of arts-related research. There is a need for greater attention to, and clarity on, issues of theoretical positioning, methodology and methods when conducting robust and reputable arts-related research, which this book provides.
Publication Date: 2014
Principles of Scientific Research by Donald Franceschetti (Editor)Provides students and researchers with an easy-to-understand introduction to the fundamentals of scientific research. Students and researchers need more information than ever on STEM content and the practice of science. Unlike any other resource, this new title delves into the world of scientific research, to give high school and undergraduate students a better understanding of concepts and theories behind scientific research across all disciplines. These easy-to-understand articles will provide students and teachers with instructional articles about each topic and provide a context for application and incorporation into their own scientific practices. More than 100 entries explain these theories and concepts in easy-to-understand language, so readers come away with a better understanding of each topic and can then put that information to use. Entries are arranged under three broad categories, and include: Statistics Methodologies includes Linear & Non-Linear Relationships, Correlational Modeling, Histograms, Significance Levels, Chi-Squared Test and more. Research Methodologies illustrates ideas in Case Study Research, Completely Randomized Designs, Ethnography, Multiple Case Study, Split Plot Type Designs, Time-Series Designs, Cluster Sampling, and more. Theoretics of Research outlines theories of Comparative Research, Deductive Reasoning, Descriptive Research, Explanatory Research, Inductive Reasoning, Objectivity, Quantitative Research, and others. These informative entries will inform and educate high school and undergraduate students on the fundamentals of research methods, practice and theory. This new volume will be a must-have source for high school and undergraduate libraries and science collections at all levels.
Call Number: Q126.9 .P75 2017
Publication Date: 2017
Research Methods for English Studies by Gabriele Griffin (Editor)Introduces readers to a wide range of research methods for use in English Studies. With a revised Introduction and with all chapters revised to bring them completely up-to date, this new edition remains the leading guide to research methods for final-year undergraduates, postgraduates takingMasters degrees and PhDs students of 19th- and 20th-century Literary Studies.Written by a range of distinguished contributors, each chapter centres on one particular method, offering both concrete practical advice on how to utilise it and exploring some of the methodological issues that are involvedin the use of the particular method. The chapters cover research methods familiar to English scholars such as textual analysis, as well as those less commonly explored such as visual and quantitative methods, which also contribute significantly to research in English Studies. Other approaches discussed include auto/biographicalmethods, discourse analysis, interviewing, archival methods, ethnographic methods, oral hist
Publication Date: 2013
Research Methods in Cultural Studies by Michael Pickering (Editor); Gabriele Griffin (Editor)This new textbook addresses the neglect of practical research methods in cultural studies. It provides readers with clearly written overviews of research methods in cultural studies, along with guidelines on how to put these methods into operation. It advocates a multi-method approach, withstudents drawing from a pool of techniques and approaches suitable for their own topics of investigation.The book covers the following main areas:* Drawing on experience, and studying how narratives make sense of experience.* Investigating production processes in the cultural industries, and the consumption and assimilation of cultural products by audiences and fans.* Taking both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study ofcultural life.* Analysing visual images and both spoken and written forms of discourse.* Exploring cultural memory and historical representation.
Publication Date: 2008
Research Methods in Health Promotion by Laura F. Salazar; Richard A. Crosby; Ralph J. DiClementeThe bestselling textbook to understanding health research, updated and expanded Research Methods in Health Promotion provides students and practitioners with essential knowledge and skills regarding the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of research in the field of health promotion. Now in its second edition, this bestselling textbook has been updated with more recent research methodologies and additional information on sampling, participatory and survey research, and qualitative data analysis. The entire research process is covered, with specific points relating to both qualitative and quantitative research. By breaking the daunting process of research into simple and well-defined steps, this user-friendly text encourages students to think about research as a sequential process and provides explanations that facilitate better understanding of each step in the research process. A separate set of chapters cover the more quantitative methodological areas including designs, measurement, sampling, and data analysis in depth, giving readers the understanding they need to apply in practice. This book also provides applied chapters that illustrate the practical aspects of the research process, along with other critical information including grant writing and scientific writing. Evaluate the ethics, design, analysis, and interpretation of research Identify and understand the key components of research studies Analyze and interpret the results of experimental and survey research designs Understand the process of publishing a research report and constructing a grant proposal Research Methods in Health Promotion is ideal for both undergrad and graduate methods courses in health promotion and public health.
Publication Date: 2015
Understanding Research for Nursing Students by Peter EllisIf you're learning about research for the first time, or grappling with an essay or final year project, this is the nursing research book you're looking for. Using plain language and case studies that relate research directly to every-day nursing situations, the author guides you through the central concepts you need to know to truly understand research in nursing. Key features Each chapter is linked to the new NMC standards of proficiency for registered nurses Seven concise chapters that quickly answer the most common questions about research Activities, scenarios and case studies bring the theory to life and show why research is so important to nursing Nine podcasts to bring topics from the book to life
Call Number: RT81.5.E55 U53 2019
Publication Date: 2018
Art Information and the Internet: How to Find It, How to Use It by Lois Swan JonesSponsored by ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America)Lois Swan Jones has updated and expanded the methodology of her 1990 work, DEGREESLArt Information," to reflect the recent explosive growth in electronic resources. In this new work, Jones shows researchers how to locate art information online and how to supplement it with information in other formats to produce the best possible research results. This work describes the methodology and resources that art researchers need to find and use information on the Internet.
Call Number: N59 .J66 1999
Publication Date: 1998
Encyclopedia of Research Design by Neil J. Salkind (Editor)Research design can be daunting for all types of researchers. At its heart it might be described as a formalized approach toward problem solving, thinking, and acquiring knowledge--the success of which depends upon clearly defined objectives and appropriate choice of statistical tools, tests, and analysis to meet a project's objectives. Comprising more than 500 entries, the Encyclopedia of Research Design explains how to make decisions about research design, undertake research projects in an ethical manner, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results. Two additional features carry this encyclopedia far above other works in the field: bibliographic entries devoted to significant articles in the history of research design and reviews of contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures, used to analyze results. Key Features Covers the spectrum of research design strategies, from material presented in introductory classes to topics necessary in graduate research Addresses cross- and multidisciplinary research needs, with many examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciences Provides summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used strategies Uses hundreds of sample tables, figures, and equations based on real-life cases Key Themes Descriptive Statistics Distributions Graphical Displays of Data Hypothesis Testing Important Publications Inferential Statistics Item Response Theory Mathematical Concepts Measurement Concepts Organizations Publishing Qualitative Research Reliability of Scores Research Design Concepts Research Designs Research Ethics Research Process Research Validity Issues Sampling Scaling Software Applications Statistical Assumptions Statistical Concepts Statistical Procedures Statistical Tests Theories, Laws, and Principles Types of Variables Validity of Scores The Encyclopedia of Research Design is the perfect instrument for new learners as well as experienced researchers to explore both the original and newest branches of the field.
Local and Regional Government Information: How to Find It, How to Use It by Mary MartinLocal and regional government information is essential to government workers, corporate researchers, students, and many other citizens, but finding a city ordinance or a county report can be a daunting experience. This unique, timesaving, and easy-to-use reference guide offers strategies for locating local and regional government information, including what to look for, how and where to search, and what to expect. Leading users through the labyrinth of records and reports available from a wide variety of sources, this guide provides tips on how to use sources effectively and efficiently in real-world research. An accessible overview covers the different types of government documents, how local governments are organized, and how to contact government agencies and archives. The guide also describes the major general indexes and bibliographies covering local government information, including the "Index to Current Urban Documents" and the "BRB Public Record Research System." Whether researching census records, looking up local laws and regulations, or determining eligibility for government assistance, this reference offers indispensable assistance.
A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research by Elaine Maimon; Peritz; Kathleen Blake YanceyA Writer's Resource helps writers identify the fundamental elements of any writing situation--from academic papers to blog posts to 140-character tweets. Its innovative, transferable techniques and practices build confidence for composing across genres, media, and the academic curriculum. And with its numerous examples from a rich cross-section of disciplines, the fifth edition clearly demonstrates that every major, every field of study, and every potential career path depends on written communication.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) will help you conduct research using primary source methods, such as interviews and observations, and secondary source methods, such as books, journals, and the Internet.
The purpose of this paper is to draw on experience in supervising new researchers and the advice of other writers, to offer novice researchers, such as those engaged in study for a thesis, a pragmatic introduction to conducting research interviews.
Embarking on a nursing research project can seem overwhelming and challenging at first, but if you follow the steps outlined in this article, you will be well on your way to conducting your first research project
This video introduces strategic, study-related online search methods that teenage or college-level viewers may not be familiar with, especially if they’re accustomed to the more recreational side of the Internet.
In this video, viewers will learn strategies for narrowing down results and honing in on credible sources of information online. Experts such as college professors and media librarians offer advice, while students share their own experiences.
An overview of conducting qualitative research in the Health and Social Sciences. This comprehensive video features essential components and concepts of qualitative data inquiry including history, data collection methods, types of analyses, key features of qualitative research, comparing qualitative and quantitative research, writing a research report, and ethics.
This video provides an introduction to components and concepts in quantitative research in the Health and Social Sciences. Topics covered include an introduction to quantitative research, data collection methods, experimental design, types of analyses, writing a research report and ethics.
Authenticity is essential to any novel worth reading, and serious authors will go to great lengths to establish it. Drawing on the insights of Roddy Doyle (Oh, Play That Thing), Andrew Pyper (The Trade Mission), Kerri Sakamoto (One Hundred Million Hearts), and Ray Robertson (Moody Food), this program explains why solid facts make great fiction.