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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Foundations of Research

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230248977
Publication Date June 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Study Skills

This book offers advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students an accessible introduction to the foundations of research in the human sciences. It covers the tools, terminology and research perspectives that students need to know in order to engage in academic debate and successfully complete their long essays, dissertations and theses.

JONATHAN GRIX is Senior Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the author of Information Skills: Finding and Using the Right Resources (with Gerald Watkins) and Demystifying Postgraduate Research. From MA to PhD.

The Nature of Research
The 'Nuts and Bolts' of Research
Getting Started in Research
The Building Blocks of Research
Introducing the Key Research Paradigms
The Types and Uses of Theory in Research
Introducing Research Methods
Academic Standards, Plagiarism and Ethics in Research
Conclusion: Summary of Key Points
Appendix 1: Stages of the Research Process
Appendix 2: Glossary of Research Terms


The welcome second edition of this well received book provides a clear and practical guide to the tools and terminology of research which will be invaluable for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students.' - Professor Wyn Grant, Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
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