Research Methods: The Key Concepts by Michael Hammond and Jerry Wellington. You can find a copy here on Amazon.com…

http://www.amazon.com/Research-Methods-Concepts-Routledge-Guides/dp/0415599830/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431101675&sr=1-2&keywords=research+methods+hammond

The next useful book would be Social Research Methods by Alan Bryman. It has incredible reviews and should be very accessible to anybody interested in social research:

http://www.amazon.com/Social-Research-Methods-Alan-Bryman/dp/0199588058/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431102126&sr=1-3&keywords=social+science+research

On an even more accessible level is The Research Imagination: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Methods by Paul S. Gray. I think it’s less technical and more about the foundations of research. Below is another link to Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Research-Imagination-Introduction-Qualitative-Quantitative/dp/052170555X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437758446&sr=1-1&keywords=Gray%27s+the+Research+Imagination&pebp=1437758447903&perid=0EXTEDBV1NR0MV78644R

Researchers have many different approaches to asking questions and gathering data, but I think the above books will be a great starting point to guide your interests and research ideas from there.

(c/o RD of UM and compiled by UM Librarian )

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