Now in its 2nd edition, this market leading textbook continues to provide students with an excellent explanation and demonstration of the main theories and techniques in social research methods. The book shows students how to assess the contexts within which different research methods may be used and how they should be implemented. It covers both quantitative and qualitative research and examines the significance of this very distinction. In addition to giving a thorough introduction to the practices of social research, the book relates issues of research method to wider issues within the social science field such as the links between theoretical traditions and their research approach. In an accessible and student friendly manner, the book shows students how to go about doing their own research projects and how to write up their research. The book contains up to date empirical research examples, so providing a text which carefully mixes theoretical issues with practical applications. Now in two colour, the text is well structured and easy to navigate with numerous real life examples and student learning aids including start of chapter guides, practical tips, checklists, review questions and web links. Online Resource Centre The text is also accompanied by a fully comprehensive Online Resource Centre which, used in conjunction with the book, will reinforce student learning and provide much needed extra advice on doing research projects. The web site contains: PowerPoint slides, lecturer's guide, discussion questions, research examples, multiple choice questions, web links and the research project guide.