About to embark on a research project or need some help with your research? I’ve picked out a selection of books for psychology students and beyond, all available via UEL that you may find helpful. This is not comprehensive list, but should help to get you started!
Coolican, H. (2014). Research methods and statistics in psychology (6th ed.). Routledge.
Coolican’s guide to research methods and statistics in psychology is perhaps one of the most enduring books on the topic. As well as covering qualitative and quantitative research methods, Coolican’s book also provides detailed and illustrated SPSS instructions. [Find this title]
Forshaw, M. (2012). Critical thinking for psychology: a student guide. Chichester: Wiley.
Forshaw’s Critical thinking… explains what critical thinking entails, why it’s important and how it can be applied in the field of psychology. It looks at how to construct an argument, and how to utilise the language of criticism. It also includes some critical thinking exercises to put the skills into practice, as well as a critical thinking checklist to help you create a critical essay. [Find this title]
Miller, T., Birch, M., Mauthner, M., & Jessop, J. (Eds.). (2012). Ethics in qualitative research (2nd ed.). London: Sage.
Ethical principles should, of course, be central to any research project as unethical practice can fatally undermine any research that is conducted. Ethics in qualitative research includes contributions from a number of authors exploring a range of ethical dilemmas, including informed consent, research relationships and the impact of digital spaces on ethical research. [Find this title]
Punch, K. (2014). Introduction to social research: quantitative & qualitative approaches (3rd ed.). Sage.
Punch’s book provides a good introduction to quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. It covers everything from ethics in social research to the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. This latest edition also includes an entire chapter on literature searching and reviewing, including a section on systematic reviews. [Find this title]
[You can read a review of Punch’s book on the LSE Impact Blog]
Suber, P. (2012). Open access. London: MIT Press.
Open Access, making research available to all without requiring payment to read it, has rapidly risen up the agenda in recent years. Peter Suber explains how it has risen in importance, how it benefits authors and readers and what the future might hold for Open Access research. [Find this title]
Willig, C. (2013). Introducing qualitative research in psychology (3rd ed.). Open University Press.
Willig’s user-friendly textbook covers grounded theory methodology, case studies, thematic analysis, qualitative research design and much more. Covering eight different approaches to qualitative study and containing interactive exercises, this book is a valuable introduction to qualitative research in psychology. [Find this title]
Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2013). Successful qualitative research: a practical guide for beginners. Sage.
Successful qualitative research provides a comprehensive overview of tips and skills for those embarking on a qualitative research project. The book covers surveys, secondary sources, interactive data collection and analysing and interpreting data. [Find this title]
Bryman, A. (2012). Social research methods (4th ed.). OUP Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bryman offers an extensive and comprehensive guide to conducting research. From quantitative to qualitative approaches, Bryman explains the methods clearly, providing examples along the way to help understand both the approaches and the key issues. The latest edition is revised to more comprehensively cover research on the internet. Perhaps one of the most important texts for those about to embark on a research project. [Find this title]
Dancey, C.P., & Reidy, J. (2014). Statistics without maths for psychology (6th ed.). Harlow: Prentice Hall.
The latest edition of Dancey and Reidy’s essential textbook covering all the statistical processes you need, as well as a guide to SPSS. Providing practical examples throughout to help you get to grips with the statistical elements of your research, this book will be particularly useful for arts and humanities undergraduates who are new to statistics in the social sciences. [Find this title]