Below you will find my list of recommended research resources.

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your research and academic writing needs. I’ll continue to add to it as I find additional helpful resources. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

Note: ** Indicates highly recommended

Academic Writing

APA (American Psychological Association) Writing Style

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition

Writing Research

Belcher, W. Writing your journal article in twelve weeks: A guide to academic publishing success. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

Theoretical Framework

**Anfara, V. A., & Mertz, N. T. (2006). Theoretical frameworks in qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

**Ravitch, S. M., & Riggan, M. Reason & rigor: How conceptual frameworks guide research. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Literature Review

Booth, A. Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review. Sage.

Galvan, J. Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.

Hart, C. (1998). Doing a literature review: Releasing the social science research imagination. London: Sage.

Jesson, J., et al. Doing your literature review. Sage.

Pan, M. Preparing literature reviews: Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.

Research Proposals

Creswell, J. W. Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. Columbus, OH: Merrill Prentice-Hall.

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

Krathwohl, D. R., & Smith, N. L. (2005). How to prepare a dissertation proposal: Suggestions for students in education and the social and behavioral sciences. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Locke, L., Spirduso, W. W., & Silverman, S. J. Proposals that work. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Quantitative Research Texts

**Campbell, D. T., & Stanley, J.C. (1963). Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for research on teaching. In N. L. Gage (ed.), Handbook of research on teaching. Chicago: Rand McNally.

Fraenkel, J. R., Wallen, N. E. , & Hyun, H. (2011). How to design and evaluate research in education. San Francisco: McGraw-Hill.

Gay, L. R., Mills, G.E, Airsian, P. W. (2011). Educational research: Competencies for analysis and application. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

**Kazdin, A. E. Research design in clinical psychology. Boston, MA: Pearson.
This book have an excellent discussion on validity.

LaFountain, R. M., & Bartos, R. B. (2002). Research and statistics made meaningful in counseling and student affairs. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.  

**Rovai, A.  P., Baker, J.  D., & Ponton, M.  K.  (2013).  Social science research design and statistics:  A practitioner’s guide to research methods and SPSS analysis.Chesapeake, VA:  Watertree Press, LLC.
An easy to understand and inexpensive book that overviews both design and analysis.

Quantitative Research Texts
(Texts for Specific Designs)

Instrument Development and Validation

Comrey, A. L., & Lee, H. B. (1992). A first course in factor analysis (2nd ed.). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

**DeVellis, R. F. (2003). Scale development: Theory and applications (2nd ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Dunteman, G. H. (1989). Principal components analysisQuantitative Applications in the Social Sciences Series, No. 69. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Gorsuch, R.  L.  (1983).  Factor analysis.  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum.

**Pedhazur, E. J., & Schmelkin, L. P. (1991). Measurement, Design, and Analysis: An Integrated Approach. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Single Subject Design

Barlow, D. H., Nock, M. K., & Hersen, M. Single case experimental designs. Boston, MA: Pearson.

Kazdin, A. E. (1982). Single-case research designs. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Survey Research

Dillman, D. A., Smyth, J. D., & Christian, L. M. Internet, mail, and mixed-mode surveys: The tailored design method. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Fowler, F. J. Survey research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Statistical Texts

Cohen, J. (1988). Statistical power analysis for the behavioral sciences (2nd edition). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum . This is a seminal text citd when discussing power and effect size.

Gravetter, F. J., & Wallnau, L. B. (2000). Statistics for the behavioral sciences. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Kanji, G. K. 100 statistical tests. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
This is a comprehensive overview of statistical analyses.

Salkind, N. J. Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
This  book provides a simple explanation of basic statistical  analyses.

Stevens, J. Applied multivariate statistics for the social sciences. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

**Tabachnick, B. G., & Fidell, L. S. Using multivariate statistics. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
This is a well-known text that is technical in nature.

**Warner, R. M. Applied statistics: From bivariate through multivariate. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
This is a well-known text that is technical in nature.

SPSS Manuals

**Field, A. P. Discovering statistics using SPSS. London: Sage.
This book is an excellent (and often humorous) resource for understanding the theory and SPSS application for most analyses.

Green, S. B. & Salkind, N. J.  Using SPSS for Windows and Macintosh: Analyzing and understanding data. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
This is a helpful guide for navigating SPSS.

**Pallant, J. SPSS survival manual: A step-by-step guide to data analysis using SPSS for Windows. New York: Open University Press.
This is a helpful guide for navigating SPSS.

Qualitative Research Texts
(Survey Texts)

**Creswell, J. W. Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Denzin, N. K. & Lincoln, Y.S. Handbook of qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Lincoln,.S. & Guba, E.G. (1985). Naturalistic inquiry. Beverly Hills: Sage.

Maxwell, J. A. A realist approach for qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Miles, M.B. & Huberman, A.M. Qualitative data analysis : An expanded sourcebook, Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications. 

Patton, M. (1987). Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods. London: Sage Publications. 

Rossman, G. B., & Rallis, S. F. (2003). Learning in the field: An introduction to qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Silverman, D. 2006. Interpreting qualitative data: methods for analysing talk, text, and interaction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Qualitative Research Texts
(Seminal Texts for Specific Designs)

Case Study

Merriam, S. B. Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Stake, R. (1995). The art of case study research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Yin, R. K. Applications of case study research. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGe Publications.

Yin, R. K. Case study research: Design and method. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Narrative Research

Clandinin, D. J., & Connelly, F. M. (2000). Narrative inquiry: Experience and story in qualitative research. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Denzin, N. K. (1989). Interpretive biography. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Grounded Theory

Charmaz, K. Constructing grounded theory. London, England: Sage.

Corbin, J. & Strauss, A. Basics of qualitative research: Techniques and procedures for developing grounded theory.  Los Angeles, CA:  Sage.

Glaser B. (1992). Basics of grounded theory analysis: Emergence versus forcing. Mill Valley, CA: Sociology Press.

Glaser, B.J. & Strauss, A. (1967). The discovery of grounded theory. Chicago: Aldine.

Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1990). Basics of qualitative research: grounded theory procedures and techniques. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


LeCompte, M. D., & Schensul, J. J. (1999). Designing and conducting ethnographic research. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira.

Wolcott, H. F. (1999). Ethnography: A way of seeing. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira.


Moustakas, C. (1994). Phenomenological research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Van Manen, M. (1990). Researching lived experience. New York, NY: State University of New York Press. (Hermeneutical)


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