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General Introductions to Social Research

Here are a selection of the main texts on social research. If you have suggestions for others, or have used any of these books and would like to recommend them (or discuss their good and bad points!), please comment below.

Gilbert (2016) Researching Social Life 3e SAGE, London

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Gray (2014) Doing Research in the Real World 3e SAGE, London

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Henn et al. (2009) A Critical Introduction to Social Research 2e SAGE, London

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Kumar (2011) Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners 3e SAGE, London

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O’Leary (2005) Researching Real World Problems SAGE, London

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Punch (2013) Introduction to Social Research 3e SAGE, London

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Somekh and Lewin (2011) Theory and Methods in Social Research SAGE, London

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