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There exists a large corpus of literature on the research process and research methods. Becoming familiar with the research method literature is an essential part of carrying out research, because a deep understanding of the methods and applying them in the right way are the prerequisites of a successful research project.

Becoming familiar with the research method literature will enable you to view the variety of research methods and acknowledge how scholars in diverse disciplines have different notions and use variations of particular research methods.

You will discover in the research method literature that there may exist profoundly different forms or emphases of a particular method.

Furthermore, you will discover that the corpus provides a range of definitions for almost every concept related to research methods and carrying out research.

A selection of useful guides to research and research methods are listed below.

The Library of University of Jyväskylä has a vast selection of research method literature. The central part of the method literature is classified as the Methods class.


Abbas, Tashakkori, Mixed methodology. Combining qualitative and quantitative approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998.

Bauer, Martin W. & Gaskell, George, Qualitative researching with text, image and sound. London: Sage, 2000.

Barbour, Rosaline, Introducing qualitative research. A Student´s guide to the craft of qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2008.

Bergman, Manfred, Advances in mixed methods research: theories and applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2008.

Blaikie, Norman, Analyzing quantitative data: from description to explanation. London: Sage, 2003.

Bryman, Alan & Burgess, Robert G., Analyzing qualitative data. London: Routledge, 1994.

Creswell, John W., Research design. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2003.

Davies, Martin B, Doing a successful research project. Using qualitative or quantitative methods. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Denzin, Norman K. & Lincoln, Yvonna S., Collecting and interpreting qualitative materials. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2008.

Denzin, Norman K. & Lincoln, Yvonna S. (ed.), Handbook of Qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2008.

Gray, David E., Doing research in the real world. London: Sage, 2004.

Gray, Paul S., The research imagination. An introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Hardy, Melissa & Bryman, Alan, Handbook of data analysis. London: Sage, 2004.

Johnson, Keith. Quantitative methods in linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

Marshall, Catherine & Rossman Gretchen, Designing qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2006.

Mauthner, Melanie (ed.), Ethics in qualitative research. London: Sage, 2002.

Miller, Gale & Dingwall, Robert (ed.), Context and method in qualitative research. London: Sage, 1997.

Morse, Janice M. (ed.), Critical issues in qualitative research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1994.

Patton, Michael Quinn, Qualitative research & evaluation methods. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage, 2002.

Pedhazur, Elazer J. & Pedhazur Schmelkin, Liora, Measurement, design, and analysis. An integrated approach. Hove and London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1991.

Prosser, Jon (ed.), Image-based research. A Sourcebook for qualitative researcher. London: Falmer Press, 1998.

Richards, Lyn, Handling qualitative data: a practical guide. Fourth edition. London: Sage, 2021.

SAGE Publications. SAGE Research Methods, 2018.

Silverman, David, Doing qualitative research. A practical handbook. London: Sage, 2005.

Silverman, David, Interpreting qualitative data. Methods for analysing talk, text and interaction. London: Sage, 2006.

Willis, Jerry W., Jost Mukhta & Nilakanta, Rema, Foundations of qualitative research. Interpretive and critical approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007.