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.
“This is a fantastic guide for any dissertation student wanting to work with documents in their research. It will help them to successfully navigate the process from start to finish.” Victoria Foster, Edge Hill University
“This book should be essential reading for any student embarking, or thinking about embarking, on a dissertation project using qualitative research, as well as their supervisors.” Jennifer Leigh, University of Kent
“Textual analysis can reveal much about social phenomena and, in an era where text appears in multiple forms, there is an ever-pressing need to develop and advance methodological capabilities here. This book provides an incredibly helpful and ‘hands on’ resource to get to grips with this challenge. It is an essential resource for those getting started with researching the social world through documents.” Michael Donnelly, University of Bath
Aimee Grant is a qualitative researcher with a long-standing interest in documentary analysis. She is based at Swansea University’s Centre for Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translational Research.
PART I: GETTING GOING
Working with your supervisor
Working reflexively and safely
PART II: MAKING DECISIONS
Reviewing literature and writing your literature review
Choosing an analysis approach
Writing research questions and your methods chapter
PART III: GETTING IT DONE!
Collecting and analysing data and writing your results chapter
Assessing data quality and writing your discussion chapter
Creating the final dissertation