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