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.
Aimee Grant is a qualitative researcher with a long-standing interest in documentary analysis. She is a based at Swansea University’s Centre for Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translational Research.
Chapter 1: Introduction
PART I: GETTING GOING
Chapter 2: Working productively
Chapter 3: Working with your supervisor
Chapter 4: Working ethically
Chapter 5: Working reflexively and safely
PART II: MAKING DECISIONS
Chapter 6: Reviewing literature and writing your literature review
Chapter 7: Finding sources
Chapter 8: Choosing an analysis approach
Chapter 9: Writing research questions and your methods chapter
PART III: GETTING IT DONE!
Chapter 10: Collecting and analysing data and writing your results chapter
Chapter 11: Assessing data quality and writing your discussion chapter
Chapter 12: Creating the final dissertation
Chapter 13. Concluding remarks