Policy Press

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Doing Qualitative Desk-Based Research

A Practical Guide to Writing an Excellent Dissertation

By Barbara Bassot

Published

Feb 22, 2022

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1447362432

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Feb 22, 2022

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1447362449

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Doing Qualitative Desk-Based Research

Are you planning a desk-based qualitative research project, but aren’t sure how to get started?

This essential book provides all the guidance and advice you will need to complete your project. Using two key visual pedagogical tools, the Metaphorical Tent and the Research Triangle, the book shows you how to produce a vibrant and stimulating in-depth qualitative research that draws on high quality data readily available via the internet. The book:

• takes you through the research process step-by-step, from choosing a topic to writing up conclusions;

• examines a wide range of written, visual and audio data sources;

• includes helpful case studies to demonstrate practical application of concepts.

Concise, practical and jam-packed with valuable tips, features and examples, this book will enable you to complete a successful desk-based research project you can be proud of.

“Finally! A book that provides students with a clear, comprehensive, compassionate, and accessible guide to desk-based qualitative primary research. All dissertation modules should include this book on their reading list.” Emma Milne, Durham University

“From coming up with an idea to writing up, this is a brilliant ‘how to’ guide for those students doing qualitative dissertations from the confines of their desk.” Tom Clark, University of Sheffield

“Barbara Bassot captures the zeitgeist in this timely addition to the literature on undergraduate student research. This accessible book offers tailored guidance to conducting desk-based research on the information super-highway.” Martin E. Purcell, University of Dundee

“This text is a practical guide for undergraduates and postgraduate students. It provides a holistic overview of the nature and purpose of qualitative research and guidance on doing desk-based research.” Val Sylvester, Birmingham City University

“A highly engaging and accessible guide to undertaking qualitative desk-based research for a dissertation. The book gives insightful tips for students from start to finish – building on the author’s extensive experience.” Jessica Bradley, University of Sheffield

“A no-nonsense guide for the undergraduate dissertation journey.” Gernot Klantschnig, University of Bristol

Barbara Bassot is an Associate of Canterbury Christ Church University, UK where she worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Career and Personal Development for a number of years. She lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and regularly supervised students doing their first piece of independent research. She has published a number of books on research methods, reflective practice and career development.

How to use this book and its structure

Part 1: Preparing the ground

1. Introduction

2. Choosing a topic

3. Keeping a research journal

4. Writing a strong research proposal

Part 2: Assembling the structure

5. The importance of your research question

6. Context, background and introduction

7. Selecting high quality data resources

8. Literature review

9. Desk-based methodologies

10. Ethics

11. Data analysis and techniques

12. Writing conclusions and recommendations

Part 3: Keeping your tent stable and secure

13. Getting the support you need

14. Managing desk-based research