Research Methods

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On this section of the website we recommend some key texts on research methods in various fields that can be obtained over the Internet for a relatively low price. As far as possible we also recommend older works that are available for free as supplementary texts that students can use in developing their reserach skills. These can be found by clicking on the above links. In addition to using correct methods students need to learn to write both clearly and according to established academic practice. Here are some works that help with that task:
Although they are often dismissed as "Socialists" the work of Beatrice and Sidney Webb, who were founders of the London School of Economics, is very helpful in terms of basic research methods. These may be old books but they are very insightful and deal with practical research issues. Therefore, they are worth reading.

Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Methods of Social Study (1932)

Beatrice Webb, My Apprenticeship (1924)

Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Our Partnership(1948)

What is fascinating about Beatrice Webb is that although an agnostic she had great respect for Christianity esspeically evangelical Christians and often regrets her lack of faith.
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The Art of Readable Writing by Rudolf Flesch How to Study in College by Walter Pauk Write On! A Reference Guide for Student Research and Writingby Tom Flanagan.

Various guides about how to write and provide references for academic papers:

The Harvard System of references

The Chicago system of referencing

Turabian's reference system

The Turabian tutor

The Chicago-Turabian style

Studies in Religion Style guide

Saundra Lipton's ReligiousStudies Research Guide Irving Hexham

Academic Plagiarism Defined - the plague of plagiarism

Forget about Academic Fraud - were you sexually harassed?

The Tyranny of Theory U of C's History

Department guide to writing essays

How to write book reviews

Rodney Stark: On How to Write - used with permission of the author.

Writing a book review

Brief notes on research methods

Recognizing academic bias

Kolapo's guide to writing essays

University of Edinburgh dissertation guidelines

Read the footnotes