Dissertation Guides & Research Methodology Handbooks

2. Dissertation Guides

Bloomberg, L. D. & Volpe, M. (2012). Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End
(2nd ed.)
. Los Angeles: Volpe.
Foss, S. K. & Waters, W. (2007). Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. NY: Rowman & Littlefield.

3. Proposal Writing

Krathwohl, D. R. & Smith, N. L. (2005). How To Prepare A Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions For Students In Education And The Social And Behavioral Sciences. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

4. Literature Review


Galvan, J. L. (2012). Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences(5th ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.


Pan, M. L. (2008). Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches(2nd ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.


Hewett, Beth l. (2015) Reading to Write a Literature Review. Adapted from: Hewett, Beth L. (2015). Reading to Learn and Writing to Teach: Literacy Strategies for Online Writing Instruction. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.


Sample Literature Review. Provided by Beth Hewett.


5. General Research Methods



Campbell, D. T. & Stanley, J. C. (1963). <Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research. United States: Wadsworth.



6. Qualitative Research References



Berg, B. L. & Lune, H. (2011). Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences (8th Edition). Boston: Pearson Education Inc.



Corbin, C., & Strauss, A. L. (2008). Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.



Hesse-Bieber, S. N., & Leavy, P. (2010). The Practice of Qualitative Research(2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.



Patton, M. Q. (2014) Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods(4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.



Saldana, J. (2012). The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers(2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.



7. Grounded Theory




Glaser, B. G. & Strauss, A. L. (2011). The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research. New Brunswick, NJ: Aldine Transactions.

8. Naturalistic Inquiry




Erlandson, David A., Harris, E. D., Skipper, B. L. & Allen, S. D. (1993). Doing Naturalistic Inquiry: A Guide to Methods. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.




Lincoln, Y. s. & Guba, E. G. (1985). Naturalistic Inquiry. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

9. Case Study as Method




Yin, R. K. (2013). Case Study Research: Design and Methods (Applied Social Research Methods)(5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.



10. Interview as Method




Gorden, R. L. (1992). Basic Interviewing Skills. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc.
Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (2011). Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data(3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.



11. Observation as Method




Lofland, J., Snow, D., Anderson, L., & Lofland, L. H. (2005). Analyzing Social Settings : A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis 4TH EDITION Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.



Spradley, J. P. (1980). Participant Observation. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.



12. Oral History as Method




Yow, V. R. (2005). Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2nd ed.). Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press. [new edition scheduled for 2014]



13. Nonreactive Measurement as Method




Webb, E. J., Campbell, D. T., Schwartz, R. D., Sechrest, L., & Grove, J. B. (1986). Nonreactive Measures in the Social Sciences (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.



14. Surveys as Method




Blair, J., Czaja, R. &  Blair, E. (2013). Designing Surveys: A Guide to Decisions and Procedures (3rd ed.). London: Pine Forge Press (Sage).



Dillman, D. A. (2008). Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method(3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.



Hewett, P. L. & Hewett, B. L. (2020). Quantitative Research: Survey Design. Forest Hills, MD: Defend & Publish, LLC.



15. Working with Hypotheses and Variables




Hewett, P. L. & Hewett, B. L. (2020). Quantitative Research: Working with Hypotheses and Variables.Forest Hills, MD: Defend & Publish, LLC.



16. Writing in the Disciplines




Harris, S. R. (2014). How to Critique Journal Articles in the Social Sciences. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.



Higham, N. J. (1998). Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.



Donovan, T. & Hoover, K. (2013). The Elements of Social Scientific Thinking (11th ed.). United States: Thompson Wadsworth.
Schutt, R. K. (2011). Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research (7th ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.



17. Statistical Inquiry

[Keep up with the latest texts in this area particularly.]

Bazeley, P. and Jackon, K. (2013) Qualitative data analysis with NVivo (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.



Crawley, M. J. (2012). The R Book (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.



Edhlund, B. M. (2013). NVivo 10 essentials: Your guide to the world’s most powerful qualitative data analysis software. Lulu.com



Salkind, N. J. (2013). Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics (5th ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

18. Writing Logs


Writing Log Template by Christine Tulley.



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