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
Gray (2014) Doing Research in the Real World 3e SAGE, London
Henn et al. (2009) A Critical Introduction to Social Research 2e SAGE, London
Kumar (2011) Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners 3e SAGE, London
O’Leary (2005) Researching Real World Problems SAGE, London
Punch (2013) Introduction to Social Research 3e SAGE, London
Somekh and Lewin (2011) Theory and Methods in Social Research SAGE, London