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Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches
by John W Creswell
Call Number: Oversize H62 .C6963 2009
Presents three approaches - qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods - side by side within the context of the process of research from the beginning steps of philosophical assumptions to the writing and presenting of research.
"[P]resents indispensable instruction, advice and tips on note making and note taking, evaluating academic literature, writing critical essays, ... understanding research methods and issues associated with conducting research, writing and presenting reports and research and also some important computer skills ... Practical exercises and interactive tasks are integrated throughout to clarify key points and give the students a chance to practice on their own. A glossary of key terms is also provided."
A complete course in data collection and analysis for students who need to go beyond the basics. A true course companion, the engaging writing style takes readers through challenging topics, blending examples and exercises with careful explanations and custom-drawn figures ensuring the most daunting concepts can be fully understood.
Writing samples, including two full-length student papers in draft, marked-up, and final form, illustrate key concepts such as how to synthesize literature, how revision differs from editing, and how to recognize and avoid plagiarism. Guidance on how to communicate with instructors on a professional level is given, and the book shows examples of checklists and grading rubrics instructors might use. A self-quiz to engage the reader's knowledge of APA style and format is also included, as well as example reference formats and other quick-reference style tools.