Here is a selected list of books that provide solid information about how to design, conduct and think about qualitative research projects. New editions become available periodically, so if you want the most recent version, check with the publisher before purchasing. My list does not include texts focusing on case study research or books focusing on qualitative data analysis. Psychologists and psychology majors will find another set of introductory and advanced books listed on my Qualitative Research in the Psychological Sciences Bibliography (PDF format, 4 pages). Visit my Academic Resources for Academic Research and Writing page for a selected list of books on writing paper, literature reviews, dissertations and theses, getting organized, and understanding academic life. Best wishes for a productive learning experience! -- Jan Armstrong, University of New Mexico
Berg, B. L. (2003). Qualitative research methods for the social sciences (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Bogdan, R.C. & Bicklen, S.K. (1998). Qualitative research for education: An introduction to theory and methods (3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Creswell, John W. (2003). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Cresswell, J. W. (1998). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five traditions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
DeMarrais, K. & Lapan, S.D. (eds.). (2004). Foundations for research: methods of inquiry in education and the social sciences. Mahwah, N.J. :Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
DeMarrais, K. (ed.). (1998). Inside stories: qualitative research reflections . Mahwah, N.J. :Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Denzin, N. (2001). Interpretive interactionism (2nd ed.). Applied Social Research Methods Series Vol. 16. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Denzin, N. (1997). Interpretive ethnography: Ethnographic practice for the 21rst century. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds.). (2005). The Sage book of qualitative research (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Dobbert, Marion. (1982). Ethnographic research: Theory and application for modern schools and societies. New York: Praeger
Flick, U. (1998). An introduction to qualitative research. London: Sage.
Kvale, S. (1996). Interviews: An introduction to qualitative research interviewing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
LeCompte, M.D. & Schensul, J. J. (1999). Analyzing and interpreting ethnographic data . Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira.
LeCompte, M.D. & Schensul, J. J. (1999). Designing & conducting ethnographic research . Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira.
LeCompte, M.D. & Preissle, J. (1993). Ethnography and qualitative design in educational research (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Academic.
LeCompte, M., Millroy, W., & Preissle, J. (1992). Handbook of qualitative research in education. SanDiego, CA: Academic.
Lincoln, Y. & Guba, E. (1985). Naturalistic Inquiry. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Marshall, G.B. & Rossman, C. (2006). Designing qualitative research (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Maxwell, J.A. (2004). Qualitative research design: An interactive approach (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
McCurdy, D.W., Spradley, J.P. & Shandy, D.J. (2005). The cultural experience : Ethnography in complex society. (2nd ed.). Long Grove, Ill.: Waveland.
Merriam, S. (1998). Qualitative research and case study applications in education: A qualitative approach. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Nagy Hesse-Biber, S. & Leavy, P. (eds.). (2004). Approaches to qualitative research: A reader on theory and practice. New York: Oxford University.
Patton, M. Q. (2001). Qualitative research and evaluation methods (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Schensul, S.L., Schensul, J.J., & LeCompte, M.D. (1999). Essential ethnographic methods: observations, interviews, and questionnaires. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira.
Seidman, I. (1998). Interviewing as qualitative research: A guide for researchers in education and the social sciences (2nd ed.). New York: Teachers College.
Shank, G. (2002). Qualitative research: A personal skills approach. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
Strauss, A. & Corbin, J. (1998). Basics of qualitative research : techniques and procedures for developing grounded theory (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Created: January 25, 1998. Last update: July 30, 2006 / jka
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