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Research methods: general

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Using Primary Sources

Using Primary Sources

Author: Dr Jon Hogg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2019

This is the paperback edition of the chapters contained in Using Primary Sources, an Open Access teaching and study resource that combines rare archival source materials with high quality peer-reviewed chapters by leading academics. Covering major themes within the medieval, early modern and modern periods, such as religion, ideas, conflict and class, this unique and easy to access e-textbook provides students with the opportunity to examine rare and original material in detail on their computer, tablet or phone as well as learn how they can integrate the source material in their own written work. Using Primary Sources provides students and teachers in the humanities with an invaluable free resource that teaches students how to use primary source material such as letters, photographs, legal documents, pamphlets, diaries and audio recordings in their studies. Edited by Dr Jonathan Hogg, Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century History at the University of Liverpool, with over 30 academics contributing, this project is a collaboration between Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Library and JISC, and is available for free on Manifold.


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The New Metrics Practical Assessment of Research Impact

The New Metrics Practical Assessment of Research Impact

Author: Elaine M. Lasda Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/08/2019

Traditionally, research impact has been measured by counting citations, and citation-based indicators, such as impact factors. But in the last few years there has been increasing pressure on research and higher education institutions to move beyond citation metrics, and look instead at different forms of impact - at real world impact.Scholarly impact expert Elaine Lasda brings together a cast of innovative contributors from a variety of sectors to look at how impact is measured in ways that go beyond citations in peer-reviewed journal articles. With case studies from publishers, museums, scientific centers and government agencies, the contributors show how using a different mix of traditional bibliometrics, newer altmetrics, and other new measures can provide vital information to support the mission and vision of their organizations. For librarians and information professionals, it is becoming increasingly more important to be able to provide expertise on research impact, influence, productivity and prestige. This exciting new book shows readers how to clarify the importance and relevance of organizational research output, and therefore increase their professional value. With the growing sophistication of research impact analysis, the need for impact metric literacy is rising, and this book is a helpful tool for those looking to improve their understanding of research impact.


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Identity, Agency and Fieldwork Methodologies in Risky Environments

Identity, Agency and Fieldwork Methodologies in Risky Environments

Author: Monique Marks Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2019

Bringing together a unique set of narratives from social scientists who have been situated in risky environments, this volume discusses the moral and ethical dilemmas of doing fieldwork in environments that are characterised by insecurity. These narratives are situated in the Global South, and the majority of the authors are themselves from the Global South, bringing both authenticity and originality to the scholarship in this book. Coming from the Global South can both facilitate and complicate navigating the complexity of doing research in places characterised by precariousness. The authors demonstrate how the `morality of the moment' and indigenous sensibility is often more pertinent than formal ethical considerations as stipulated by universities and other institutions. The authors are refreshingly honest about their own identity dilemmas, their choices to exit the field prematurely, and the raw emotions that emerged in the process of doing fieldwork in these settings. This book is likely to be instructive to young researchers entering into fields that are risky, often with little instruction or supervision prior to doing so. It is also an excellent resource for more seasoned researchers who might have had comparable experiences and are keen to reflect on such research journeys. It will be an invaluable resource for teaching qualitative research across a wide spectrum of disciplines. This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Social Science.


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Poetic Inquiry Craft, Method and Practice

Poetic Inquiry Craft, Method and Practice

Author: Sandra L (Bowling Green State University, USA) Faulkner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2019

Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method, and Practice examines the use of poetry as a form of qualitative research, representation, and method used by researchers, practitioners, and students from across the social sciences and humanities. It serves as a practical manual for using poetry in qualitative research through the presentation of varied examples of Poetic Inquiry. It provides how-to-exercises for developing and using poetry as a qualitative research method. The book begins by mapping out what doing and critiquing Poetic Inquiry entails via a discussion of the power of poetry, poets' and researchers' goals for the use of poetry, and the kinds of projects that are best suited for Poetic Inquiry. It also provides descriptions of the process and craft of creating Poetic Inquiry, and suggestions for how to evaluate and engage with Poetic Inquiry. The book further contends with questions of method, process, and craft from poets' and researchers' perspectives. It shows the implications for the aesthetic and epistemic concerns in poetry, and furthers transdisciplinary dialogues between the humanities and social sciences. Faulkner shows the importance of considering the form and function of Poetic Inquiry in qualitative research through discussions of poetry as research method, poetry as qualitative analysis and representation, and Poetic Inquiry as a powerful research tool.


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Poetic Inquiry Craft, Method and Practice

Poetic Inquiry Craft, Method and Practice

Author: Sandra L (Bowling Green State University, USA) Faulkner Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2019

Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method, and Practice examines the use of poetry as a form of qualitative research, representation, and method used by researchers, practitioners, and students from across the social sciences and humanities. It serves as a practical manual for using poetry in qualitative research through the presentation of varied examples of Poetic Inquiry. It provides how-to-exercises for developing and using poetry as a qualitative research method. The book begins by mapping out what doing and critiquing Poetic Inquiry entails via a discussion of the power of poetry, poets' and researchers' goals for the use of poetry, and the kinds of projects that are best suited for Poetic Inquiry. It also provides descriptions of the process and craft of creating Poetic Inquiry, and suggestions for how to evaluate and engage with Poetic Inquiry. The book further contends with questions of method, process, and craft from poets' and researchers' perspectives. It shows the implications for the aesthetic and epistemic concerns in poetry, and furthers transdisciplinary dialogues between the humanities and social sciences. Faulkner shows the importance of considering the form and function of Poetic Inquiry in qualitative research through discussions of poetry as research method, poetry as qualitative analysis and representation, and Poetic Inquiry as a powerful research tool.


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Probability Theory and Statistical Inference Empirical Modeling with Observational Data

Probability Theory and Statistical Inference Empirical Modeling with Observational Data

Author: Aris (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Spanos Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2019

Doubt over the trustworthiness of published empirical results is not unwarranted and is often a result of statistical mis-specification: invalid probabilistic assumptions imposed on data. Now in its second edition, this bestselling textbook offers a comprehensive course in empirical research methods, teaching the probabilistic and statistical foundations that enable the specification and validation of statistical models, providing the basis for an informed implementation of statistical procedure to secure the trustworthiness of evidence. Each chapter has been thoroughly updated, accounting for developments in the field and the author's own research. The comprehensive scope of the textbook has been expanded by the addition of a new chapter on the Linear Regression and related statistical models. This new edition is now more accessible to students of disciplines beyond economics and includes more pedagogical features, with an increased number of examples as well as review questions and exercises at the end of each chapter.


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Probability Theory and Statistical Inference Empirical Modeling with Observational Data

Probability Theory and Statistical Inference Empirical Modeling with Observational Data

Author: Aris (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Spanos Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2019

Doubt over the trustworthiness of published empirical results is not unwarranted and is often a result of statistical mis-specification: invalid probabilistic assumptions imposed on data. Now in its second edition, this bestselling textbook offers a comprehensive course in empirical research methods, teaching the probabilistic and statistical foundations that enable the specification and validation of statistical models, providing the basis for an informed implementation of statistical procedure to secure the trustworthiness of evidence. Each chapter has been thoroughly updated, accounting for developments in the field and the author's own research. The comprehensive scope of the textbook has been expanded by the addition of a new chapter on the Linear Regression and related statistical models. This new edition is now more accessible to students of disciplines beyond economics and includes more pedagogical features, with an increased number of examples as well as review questions and exercises at the end of each chapter.


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Research using Secondary Sources A guide for Business, Management and Organization Studies

Research using Secondary Sources A guide for Business, Management and Organization Studies

Author: Samantha (University of Essex, UK) Warren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Why write a dissertation using secondary sources only? A growing number of universities are making this a necessity, by means of controlling administration, so the decision could be made for you. But there are a number of reasons why collating from secondary sources might be preferable to creating your own. We live in an age where media and the Internet make an abundant source of material that may be interrogated unobtrusively by researchers. Secondly, gathering empirical research is complex and challenging, and not a skill set that you're likely to use in a future management career-unlike desk based research, of material already available to you. While methodology textbooks mention secondary sources, the assumption is that the research is quantitative and statistical. No textbook has gone beyond this, until now. This much-needed book is a start-to-finish guide to every step of your project, from inspiring ideas to crafting conclusions, all from work already in the public domain, and in a conversational, humorous and even inspiring way. Each chapter starts with a Why Read This? box to summarise how what you are about to learn will make your life easier and how it relates to other chapters. Each method or stage explained includes examples of real student projects, with student commentary on the highs and lows. Each chapter includes vignettes from published research articles, as well as Now What boxes and Try It Out exercises to help you think through every stage of your project.


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Research using Secondary Sources A guide for Business, Management and Organization Studies

Research using Secondary Sources A guide for Business, Management and Organization Studies

Author: Samantha (University of Essex, UK) Warren Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Why write a dissertation using secondary sources only? A growing number of universities are making this a necessity, by means of controlling administration, so the decision could be made for you. But there are a number of reasons why collating from secondary sources might be preferable to creating your own. We live in an age where media and the Internet make an abundant source of material that may be interrogated unobtrusively by researchers. Secondly, gathering empirical research is complex and challenging, and not a skill set that you're likely to use in a future management career-unlike desk based research, of material already available to you. While methodology textbooks mention secondary sources, the assumption is that the research is quantitative and statistical. No textbook has gone beyond this, until now. This much-needed book is a start-to-finish guide to every step of your project, from inspiring ideas to crafting conclusions, all from work already in the public domain, and in a conversational, humorous and even inspiring way. Each chapter starts with a Why Read This? box to summarise how what you are about to learn will make your life easier and how it relates to other chapters. Each method or stage explained includes examples of real student projects, with student commentary on the highs and lows. Each chapter includes vignettes from published research articles, as well as Now What boxes and Try It Out exercises to help you think through every stage of your project.


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Dialectics, Power, and Knowledge Construction in Qualitative Research Beyond Dichotomy

Dialectics, Power, and Knowledge Construction in Qualitative Research Beyond Dichotomy

This book is about going beyond dichotomy. The research literature in social sciences is full of apparent dichotomies such as the dichotomy between: qualitative and quantitative approaches; `reality' and `multiple-realities'; ontology and epistemology; researchers and participants; the right and wrong conduct of research; and sometimes even between the goals of research and the ethics of research. Throughout the book, it is shown that adopting a dialectical approach, which attempts to integrate apparent contradictions and opposites at a higher level of abstraction, may serve as a way out of the twin horns of such dilemmas. To begin this journey, the authors start with the classical dilemma of the relationship between `reality' and `knowledge', as a common divide between the quantitative and qualitative epistemological paradigms, and the philosophical assumptions underlying them. To illustrate the understanding of the relationship between knowledge and reality, metaphors of `maps and territories' are used, as a framework for the dialectical construction of knowledge. This book will be valuable to a diverse readership, including scholars interested in epistemology and philosophy of science and research methods, mainly from qualitative traditions. It will also be of interest to quantitative researchers as well, including supervisors of graduate students, lecturers and most importantly, students and researchers-to-be.


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Data Visualisation A Handbook for Data Driven Design

Data Visualisation A Handbook for Data Driven Design

Author: Andy Kirk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2019

One of the six best books for data geeks - Financial Times With over 200 images and extensive how-to and how-not-to examples, this new edition has everything students and scholars need to understand and create effective data visualisations. Combining `how to think' instruction with a `how to produce' mentality, this book takes readers step-by-step through analysing, designing, and curating information into useful, impactful tools of communication. With this book and its extensive collection of online support, readers can: - Decide what visualisations work best for their data and their audience using the chart gallery - See data visualisation in action and learn the tools to try it themselves - Follow online checklists, tutorials, and exercises to build skills and confidence - Get advice from the UK's leading data visualisation trainer on everything from getting started to honing the craft.