Review by Choice Review
Written by an independent social researcher, this book's goal is to help "practitioners in public services" navigate the research process. Kara's stated aim is to "demonstrate ways of managing the research process in its wider context." Tips are included throughout, accompanied by thumbs-up drawings, such as a suggestion that researchers get into the habit of saving and backing up their work. Quotations from researchers interviewed by Kara clarify content in relevant sections. The author covers the entire research process, including research methods, values, and ethics; choosing, refining, and managing the research topic and process; rewarding oneself for progress made; collecting and coding primary and secondary data; managing information; and data and record-keeping. Finally, she discusses analyzing, writing, and polishing a manuscript. A glossary is included. Useful for all post-secondary levels, this book is an easy-to-understand companion for neophyte through experienced researchers. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. N. Mactague Aurora University
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