Using Documents and Records in Social Research

This collection aims to rectify this anomaly by collecting together a body of papers that highlights the different ways in which documents and records have, and can be, approached and studied in a variety of social research contexts.

Using Documents and Records in Social Research

Although almost all social research is dependent on documentation in one way or another, the role of documents in the research process is more often than not underplayed. Indeed, in most social scientific studies, documents and records tend to enter and leave the 'field' in relative silence, and their place in empirical research is often associated with the use of 'unobtrusive' techniques. This collection aims to rectify this anomaly by collecting together a body of papers that highlights the different ways in which documents and records have, and can be, approached and studied in a variety of social research contexts. By assembling key papers from studies in fields as diverse as criminology, health, education, and organizational research, as well as science and technology studies, the volumes illustrate how documents and records figure in all aspects of the research process from research design, through to data collection, data analysis and report writing. Volume I: The Study of Content Volume II: The Social Construction of Documents and Records Volume III: Documents in 'the Field' Volume IV: Documents in Networks

An Introduction to Qualitative Research

KEY POINTS • Documents can be instructive for understanding social realities in institutional contexts. ... They can form a fruitful addition to other forms of data, provided the contexts of their production and use are taken into ...

An Introduction to Qualitative Research

'The fourth edition of Uwe Flick's Introduction to Qualitative Research remains the most comprehensive and thorough text in qualitative research. It is student-and user-friendly, thoroughly up-to-date in terms of the latest developments in the field, imminently practical. it is the single most important introductory book on qualitative inquiry in the social sciences today' - Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois The new edition of Uwe Flick's bestselling textbook has been fully revised, expanded and updated. An Introduction to Qualitative Research guides the student step-by-step through the research process of qualitative research. This classic text covers all of the main theoretical approaches to qualitative research, and provides unmatched coverage of the full range of different qualitative methods and approaches now available to researchers. A range of new features have been added to the new edition including: - New structure to better meet the needs of teaching qualitative research - A new chapter on Grounded Theory plus updated coverage on the full range of other qualitative methods - A summary section discussing the state-of-the-art in qualitative research - A glossary - Updated cases studies, exercises and guided questions This new edition will continue to ensure that An Introduction to Qualitative Research remains an essential introductory text for all students of qualitative research.

Using Documents in Social Research

document served , in part , to mark out the realm and expertise of the various parties - in much the same way as did the various forms of script in Tambiah's Thai village . Social work talk belonged in social work records , psychiatric ...

Using Documents in Social Research

A comprehensive, yet concise, introduction to the use of documents as tools within social science research.

Using Documents and Records in Social Research

This collection aims to rectify this anomaly by collecting together a body of papers that highlights the different ways in which documents and records have, and can be, approached and studied in a variety of social research contexts.

Using Documents and Records in Social Research

Although almost all social research is dependent on documentation in one way or another, the role of documents in the research process is more often than not underplayed. Indeed, in most social scientific studies, documents and records tend to enter and leave the ‘field’ in relative silence, and their place in empirical research is often associated with the use of ‘unobtrusive’ techniques. This collection aims to rectify this anomaly by collecting together a body of papers that highlights the different ways in which documents and records have, and can be, approached and studied in a variety of social research contexts. By assembling key papers from studies in fields as diverse as criminology, health, education, and organizational research, as well as science and technology studies, the volumes illustrate how documents and records figure in all aspects of the research process from research design, through to data collection, data analysis and report writing. Volume I: The Study of Content Volume II: The Social Construction of Documents and Records Volume III: Documents in ‘the Field’ Volume IV: Documents in Networks

Documentary Research in Education History and the Social Sciences

The most significant study of this type , John Scott's book A Matter of Record , was published as long ago as 1990 ( Scott ... Lindsay Prior's Using Documents in Social Research ( 2003 ) is a more general treatment , is interesting at a ...

Documentary Research in Education  History  and the Social Sciences

Documentary sources have become increasingly neglected in education and the social sciences. This book seeks to emphasise their potential value and importance for an understanding of modern societies, while also recognising their limitations, and explores their relationship with other research strategies. This up-to-date examination of how to research and use documents analyzes texts from the past and present, considering sources ranging from personal archives to online documents and including books, reports, official documents, works of fiction and printed media. This comprehensive analysis of the use of documents in research includes sections covering: * analysing documents * legal frameworks and ethical issues * records and archives * printed media and literature * diaries, letters and autobiographies.

Doing Your Research Project with Documents

Coffey, A. (2013) 'Analysing documents', in U. Flick (ed) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis, London: SAGE, ... the key textbooks are: Grant, A. (2019) Doing Excellent Social Research with Documents: Practical Examples and ...

Doing Your Research Project with Documents

Students and researchers have an abundance of materials and sources available to them via the internet for use in their projects. However, there is little practical guidance available on the fundamentals of performing qualitative research with documents. This valuable book enables readers to undertake high-quality, robust research using documents as data. Encouraging critical consideration of research design, the book guides readers step-by-step through the process of planning and undertaking a research project based on documentary analysis. It covers selecting a research topic and sample through to analysing and writing up the data. The book includes: • a wealth of case studies demonstrating how lessons can be applied in practice; • summary boxes and suggestions for further reading in each chapter to guide learning; • helpful online resources to facilitate designing your own research. Accessible and comprehensive, this book will be invaluable for both students and researchers alike who are new to documentary analysis. All the Resources included in this book are available to download on the book’s webpage at https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/doing-your-research-project-with-documents/online-resources. Look for the Online Resources logo throughout the book.

Qualitative Research

Why are documents important (but often neglected) data in social science research? 2. What ethnographic questions about documents cannot be answered exclusively with content analysis? 3. Imagine a given site (e.g. a school or a customs ...

Qualitative Research

Written by leaders of qualitative methodology and edited by one of the biggest names in the field, this book provides up-to-date and interdisciplinary insight into a range of qualitative methods. Bringing together different perspectives, contributors discuss theoretical underpinnings of these methods before taking readers through the process of each approach and helping them develop skills needed to carry out this type of research autonomously and with confidence. Highlights of this new edition include: New chapters on multimethod qualitative research, using digital data and video, and addressing social issues in research. More guidance on how to store and manage data appropriately. Advice on how to publish research in journals. Full of practical tips, exercises and summaries, this book continues to be a masterclass in qualitative research for students and researchers across the social sciences and beyond.

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis

May, Tim (2001) Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process. ... Prior, Lindsay (1985) 'Making sense of mortality', Sociology of Health and Illness, 7(2): 167–90. ... (2011) Using Documents and Records in Social Research. London: Sage.

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis

The wide range of approaches to data analysis in qualitative research can seem daunting even for experienced researchers. This handbook is the first to provide a state-of-the art overview of the whole field of QDA; from general analytic strategies used in qualitative research, to approaches specific to particular types of qualitative data, including talk, text, sounds, images and virtual data. The handbook includes chapters on traditional analytic strategies such as grounded theory, content analysis, hermeneutics, phenomenology and narrative analysis, as well as coverage of newer trends like mixed methods, reanalysis and meta-analysis. Practical aspects such as sampling, transcription, working collaboratively, writing and implementation are given close attention, as are theory and theorization, reflexivity, and ethics. Written by a team of experts in qualitative research from around the world, this handbook is an essential compendium for all qualitative researchers and students across the social sciences.

The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project

You can offer overarching analysis of existing studies by using systematic reviews and meta-analysis. FURTHER. READING. Working with secondary data is quite a challenge. ... (2011) Using Documents and Records in Social Research.

The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project

This practical book sets out how to approach each stage of your research project, from choosing a research design and methodology to collecting and analysing data and communicating your results – and showcases best practice along the way. Packed with pragmatic guidance for tackling research in the real world, this fourth edition: Offers support for diving into a project using digital data, with how-to guidance on conducting online and social media research Empowers you to confidently disseminate your work and present with impact Helps you map out your research journey and put a plan in place with decision trees in every chapter Challenges you to be reflective and critical about the research you consume and undertake Zina O′Leary′s detailed and down-to-earth approach gives you the research skills and momentum you need to successfully complete your research project.

Doing Conversation Discourse and Document Analysis

Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for Psychology and the Social Sciences. ... (2011) Using Documents and Records in Social Research. ... Rubin, H.J. and Rubin, I.S. (1995) Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data.

Doing Conversation  Discourse and Document Analysis

Introducing the theory and practice of conversation, discourse and document analysis, this book proves how useful these methods are in addressing key questions in the social sciences. A true masterclass on practical issues such as generating an archive, transcribing video material, and analyzing discourses using a full range of documentary and verbal data. It is the essential guide to exploring the rich rewards of working with text and talk.

The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion

documents, including diaries using institutions and individuals with contacts in the migrant community. These intermediaries also helped him identify ... Using documents and records in social research, vol. 1. Sage, Los Angeles, CA, pp.

The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion

This substantially revised second edition of The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion remains the only comprehensive survey in English of methods and methodology in the discipline. Designed for non-specialists and upper undergraduate-/graduate-level students, it discusses the range of methods currently available to stimulate interest in unfamiliar methods and enable students and scholars to evaluate methodological issues in research. The Handbook comprises 39 chapters – 21 of which are new, and the rest revised for this edition. A total of 56 contributors from 10 countries cover a broad range of topics divided into three clear parts: • Methodology • Methods • Techniques The first section addresses general methodological issues: including comparison, research design, research ethics, intersectionality, and theorizing/analysis. The second addresses specific methods: including advanced computational methods, autoethnography, computational text analysis, digital ethnography, discourse analysis, experiments, field research, grounded theory, interviewing, reading images, surveys, and videography. The final section addresses specific techniques: including coding, focus groups, photo elicitation, and survey experiments. Each chapter covers practical issues and challenges, theoretical bases, and their use in the study of religion/s, illustrated by case studies. The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion is essential reading for students and researchers in the study of religion/s, as well as for those in related disciplines.

Researching Health

This collection brings together critical analyses of the use of documents from a wide range of sources. Volume I examines documents as a source of data and ... (2011) Using Documents and Records in Social Research, Volumes I–IV.

Researching Health

Saks and Allsop's Researching Health offers a comprehensive introduction to research methods for health care students and practitioners. The new third edition includes important theoretical updates, and further international content, with contributors covering a number of specialisms and providing perspectives on core topics from the UK, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Canada, and Spain. There are 6 NEW chapters on: Principles of Health Research Methods of Sampling in Qualitative Health Research Qualitative Data Analysis and Health Research Researching Health Care Management Using Secondary Data Online Research in Health Disseminating and Evaluating Health Research The book is supported by case studies, end-of-chapter exercises, annotated further reading, and access to online resources for both students and lecturers, consisting of SAGE journal articles, web links, PowerPoint slides, and teaching notes for each chapter.

Doing Excellent Social Research with Documents

SOCIAL. RESEARCH. WITH. DOCUMENTS. In today's society we increasingly create and consume written content and images. This includes a range of sources, from social media posts to records held within organisations, and everything in ...

Doing Excellent Social Research with Documents

In today’s society we increasingly create and consume written content and images. This includes a range of sources, from social media posts to records held within organisations, and everything in between, including news articles, blogs, shopping lists and official government documents. Critically reading these ‘documents’ can help us to understand a huge amount about society. Doing Excellent Social Research with Documents includes guidance on how to ‘read between the lines’, and provides an overview of six research projects which use documents as data. The substantive chapters are organised in two sections, with each chapter focused on a specific type of data. Section one focuses on documents that are found in isolation from their authors, including official and historical documents, traditional media, diaries and online content. Section two focuses on using documents in addition to existing data from primary research, including the role of documents in ethnography and visual research methods. In each chapter, you will be guided through the process of: Developing research questions, and how this impacts on which documents are selected; Considering aspects of bias and quality within the documentary sources; Undertaking analysis using six different strategies including thematic analysis, framework analysis, content analysis, discourse analysis and narrative analysis. Drawing on research projects which reflect real world situations, you will be methodically guided through the research process in detail, enabling you to examine and understand the practices and value of a range of documentary analysis approaches. Doing Excellent Social Research with Documents is a practical how-to guide for students (final year undergraduates onwards) and researchers using documents as data.

The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

Using documents in social research. London, England: Sage. Prior, L. (2008). Repositioning documents in social research. Sociology. Special Issue on Research Methods, 42, 821–836. Prior, L. (2011). Using documents and records in social ...

The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, Second Edition presents a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of the field of qualitative research. Divided into eight parts, the forty chapters address key topics in the field such as approaches to qualitative research (philosophical perspectives), narrative inquiry, field research, and interview methods, text, arts-based, and internet methods, analysis and interpretation of findings, and representation and evaluation. The handbook is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the disciplines, and the contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers as well as emerging scholars. This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, the incorporation of real-world examples and practical applications, and ample coverage of writing and representation, this volume offers everything readers need to undertake their own qualitative studies.

The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

Using documents in social research. London: Sage. Prior, L. (2008). Repositioning Documents in Social Research. Sociology. Special Issue on Research Methods, 42: 821–836. Prior, L. (2011). Using documents and records in social research.

The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research presents a comprehensive overview of the field of qualitative research. It is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the social sciences. The contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers in the field as well as emerging scholars. This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while simultaneously providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, this volume offers both a retrospective and prospective view of the field. The first two sections explore the history of the field, ethics, and philosophical/theoretical approaches. The next three sections focus on the major methods of qualitative practice as well as newer approaches (such as arts-based research and internet research); area studies often excluded (such as museum studies and disaster studies); and mixed methods and participatory methods (such as community-based research). The next section covers key issues including data analysis, interpretation, writing and assessment. The final section offers a commentary about politics and research and the move towards public scholarship.

Using Diaries for Social Research

The researcher establishes contact with a small group of people who are relevant to the research topic and then uses ... Historical research In historical research researchers access and use documents and records which are relevant ...

Using Diaries for Social Research

The author considers the analysis of diaries as a distinctive research technique in its own right. He recognises the increased interest in and relevance of diary methodology within social research teaching.

Qualitative Methodology

Kasakoff, A.B. (1999) 'Is there a place for anthropology in social science history? ... Lepenies, W. (1988) Between Literature and Science: The Rise of Sociology. ... Prior, L. (2011) Using Documents and Records in Social Research.

Qualitative Methodology

Fresh, insightful and clear, this exciting textbook provides an engaging introduction to the application of qualitative methodology in the real world. Expert researchers then trace the history and philosophical underpinnings of different methodologies, explore the specific demands each places upon the researcher and robustly set out relevant issues surrounding quality and rigor. Featured methodologies include action research, discourse analysis, ethnography, grounded theory, case studies and narrative inquiry. This practical book provides a helpful guide to the research process - it introduces the relevant methods of generating, collecting and analysing data for each discrete methodology and then looks at best practice for presenting findings. This enables new researchers to compare qualitative methods and to confidently select the approach most appropriate for their own research projects. Key features include: Summary table for each chapter - allowing quick checks to test knowledge 'Window into' sections - real world examples showing each methodology in action Student activities Learning objectives Full glossary Annotated suggestions for further reading Links to downloadable SAGE articles Links to relevant websites and organizations This is an invaluable resource for students and researchers across the social sciences and a must-have guide for those embarking on a research project. Visit the accompanying companion website for a range of free additional resources.

Situational Analysis

Using Documents in Social Research. London: Sage. Prior, L. (2004). Documents. In C. Seale, G. Gobo, J. Gubrium, & D. Silverman (Eds.), Qualitative Research Practice (pp. ... Using Documents and Records in Social Research (4 vols.).

Situational Analysis

The Second Edition offers an innovative extension of grounded theory useful in qualitative research projects that draws on interviews, observations, and visual, narrative, and historical discourse materials. To engage the dense complexities of real world situations, Situational Analysis (SA) braids together Strauss's ecological social worlds/arenas theory, Foucault’s discourse analysis, and Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizomes and assemblages. The book will serve as an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate-level students, as well as professional researchers and consultants from diverse backgrounds pursuing qualitative projects.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

Archival access exists where documents have been stored and made available to a wide public: Documents may be available with only minimal bureaucratic restrictions, such as the need to register or to acquire a reader's ticket (see data ...

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

"This defining work will be valuable to readers and researchers in social sciences and humanities at all academic levels. As a teaching resource it will be useful to instructors and students alike and will become a standard reference source. Essential for general and academic collections." --CHOICE This Encyclopedia provides readers with authoritative essays on virtually all social science methods topics, quantitative and qualitative, by an international collection of experts. Organized alphabetically, the Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods covers research terms ranging from different methodological approaches to epistemological issues and specific statistical techniques. Written to be accessible to general readers, the Encyclopedia entries do not require advanced knowledge of mathematics or statistics to understand the purposes or basic principles of any of the methods. To accomplish this goal, there are two major types of entries: definitions consisting of a paragraph or two to provide a quick explanation of a methodological term; and topical treatments or essays that discuss the nature, history, applications, and implications of using a certain method, including suggested readings and references. Readers are directed to related topics via cross-referenced terms that appear in small capital letters. By assembling entries of varied origins and serving different research purposes, readers will be able to benefit from this immense source of methodological expertise in advancing their understanding of research. With three volumes and more than 900 signed entries, the Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods will be a critical addition to any social science library.

Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science 2nd Edition

ANALYZING DATA OBTAINED FROM DOCUMENTS AND ARTIFACTS In speaking about using documents as a data source, Platt (1981) rightly comments that documentary research “can hardly be regarded as constituting a method, since to say that one ...

Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science  2nd Edition

The second edition of this innovative textbook illustrates research methods for library and information science, describing the most appropriate approaches to a question—and showing you what makes research successful. • Provides comprehensive coverage of research methods used in library and information science, discussing their strengths, weaknesses, and biases • Presents completely updated content that includes several new chapters on innovative methods (mixed methods research and social network analysis) and more than half of the methods chapters focus on critiquing new research studies • Covers both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as mixed methods • Analyzes examples of award-winning library research