Introduction to Research
This list is by no means comprehensive. It is designed to get you going. All these books are available in the Bank Street Library. If you find a text that has been particularly helpful please let us know.
Merriam, S. B. (1988). Case study research in education: A qualitative approach. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Discusses the special features and functions of case study research. Author has other relevant titles.
Call# 370.78 M568c
Stake, R. E. (1995). The art of case study research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
A concise, readable primer.
Call# 370.78 S782a
Yin, R. K. (1984) Case study research: Design and methods. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
A general text giving a broad overview of case study research.
Call# 300.722 Y53c
Creswell, J. W. (1988). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five traditions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Focus is on five types of qualitative inquiry: biography, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. Has an annotated glossary.
Call# 300.72 C923q
Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (Eds.). (2005) The SAGE handbook of qualitative research (3rd Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Textbook-style set of readings. Comprehensive.
Call# 001.42 S129h3
Marshall, C., & Rossman, G. B. (1999). Designing qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Author uses 33 vignettes to illustrate points made in the text.
Call# 300.72 M367d3
Maxwell, J. A. (2005). Qualitative research design: An interactive approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Provides a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to planning qualitative research.
Call# 001.42 M465q2
Patton, M. Q. (1990). Qualitative evaluation and research methods. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Very readable. Divided into three parts, conceptual issues, data collection, and analysis.
Call# 300.723 P322q2
Isaac, S., & Michael, W. B. (1989). Handbook in research and evaluation: A collection of principles, methods, and strategies useful in the planning, design, and evaluation of studies in education and the behavioral sciences. San Diego, CA: EDITS.
Gives a broad outline.
Call# 370.78 I73h2
Sommer, B. B. (1991). A practical guide to behavioral research: Tools and techniques. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
General overview with plenty of definitions of concepts and terms used in behavioral research.
Call# 150.72 S697p3
Almer, E. C. (2000). Statistical tricks and traps: An illustrated guide to the misuses of statistics. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak.
Gives a big picture view of statistics. Includes the following topics: statistical graphs, percentages, averages, variability, definitions, assumptions, association and causation, confounding, sampling, and measurement.
Call# 001.422 A448s
Gorard, S. (2001). Quantitative methods in educational research: The role of numbers made easy. New York, NY: Continuum.
A comprehensive guide to the use and abuse of numbers in educational research.
Call# 370.72 G661q
Brown, C. S. (1988). Like it was: A complete guide to writing oral history. New York, NY: Teachers & Writers Collaborative.
Includes chapters on conducting interviews and transcription.
Call# 907.2 B878L
Krueger, R. A., & Casey, M. A. (2000). Focus groups: A practical guide for applied research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Very readable text. Includes a chapter on developing questions.
Call# 361.61068 K94f3
Kvale, S. (1996). Interviews: An introduction to qualitative research interviewing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Academic, theoretical, covers many practical aspects of the interview process.
Call# 301.01 K98i
Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (2005). Qualitative interviewing: The art of hearing data. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Gives help finding interesting and viable topics, and recognizing concepts. Doesn't assume prior knowledge or experience.
Call# 001.433 R896q2
Seidman, I. (1998). Interviewing as qualitative research: A guide for researchers in education and the social sciences. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Contains lots of advice on managing interviews.
Call# 300.723 S458i2
Weiss, R. S. (1994). Learning from strangers: The art and method of qualitative interview studies. New York, NY: Free Press.
Covers all aspects of interviewing. Illustrates points with excerpts and analysis.
Call# 301.0723 W426l
Bell, J. (2005). Doing your research project: A guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. New York, NY: Open University Press.
A good, general starter text.
Call# 370.72 B433d4, eBook (2010)
Pyrczak, F. (1999). Evaluating research in academic journals: A practical guide to realistic evaluation. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak.
Very useful for critically reading articles in academic journals, and more importantly your own work.
Call# 001.4 P998e
Simpson, C. (2005). Copyright catechism: Practical answers to everyday school dilemmas. Worthington, OH: Linworth.
If our website doesn't answer your copyright questions, then this very readable text will.
Call# 346.730482 S613c