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October 13, 2010 3 comments

To cut a long story short, I had a bit of my project’s research support funding earmarked for a conference in September. That trip never ended up happening, leaving me with a little bit of extra money to spend on my project before the end of the year.

I thought about paying for someone to transcribe my interviews, but that’s something I really should be doing myself – tedious as it is, I find that the process of transcribing really helps me to remember all the detail from the interview. Instead, I’d like to use it on something that will be useful during and after the project: a collection of reference books on research, writing, and social media. It should also be a useful resource to have in a shared office space…

But where do I start? By appealing to the wisdom of crowds, of course. What books would you recommend, and why? I’ll update this list as I get suggestions, and then see what I can afford to buy.

General research methods

  • Bryman, A & Bell, E (2007) Business research methods. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Denzin, N & Lincoln, Y (2005) The SAGE handbook of qualitative research. Sage Publishing, CA.
  • Silverman, D (2001) Interpreting qualitative data: methods for analysing talk, text and interaction. Sage Publishing, CA.
  • Flyvbjerg, B & Sampson, S (2001) Making social science matter. Cambridge University Press.

Case study research

  • Yin, R (2009) Case Study Research: Design and Methods, 4th Ed. Sage Publishing, CA.
  • Stake, R (2006) Multiple Case Study Analysis. The Guilford Press, NY.

Qualitative Analysis Software

  • Bazely, P (2007) Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo, Sage Publishing, CA.
  • Richards, L (2009) Handling Qualitative Data. Sage Publishing.

Social Media

  • Qualman, E (2010) Socialnomics: how social media transforms the way we live and do business. Wiley.
  • Li, C & Bernoff, J (2009) Groundswell: winning in a world transformed by social technology. Harvard Business School Press.
  • Coulson, J (2010) The Strength of Weak Ties in Online Social Networks: How do users of online social networks create and utilize weak ties to amass social capital? Lambert Academic Publishing.

Writing

  • Evans, D & Gruba, P (2007) How to write a better thesis, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.
  • Kamler, B & Thomson , P (2006) Helping Doctoral students to write: pedagogies for supervision. Routledge, NY.
  • Prose, F (2006) Reading like a writer: a guide for people who love books and for those who want to write them. Reviewed by thesiswhisperer here.
  • Silvia, P (2007) How to write a lot: a practical guide to productive academic writing, APA, Washington DC.

Other interesting stuff

  • Latour, B (1996) Aramis, or the love of technology. Harvard University Press.

What would you recommend, and why?

Like magic…

March 9, 2010 Leave a comment

There’s a familiar routine when moving to a new desk: turn on computer, load up Internet Explorer for just long enough to download a copy of Firefox. Install the Zotero and Delicious add-ons that allow me to function at work. Puzzle over how I’m supposed to access printers in the new building.

Zotero has a Group Libraries function, which I used to set up RMIT-SmartServicesCRC (the library is the easiest way to find content, as the main page seems to list each individual file and record as it’s added). The name is a bit misleading at the moment, as there are only two of us using the group so far… others have occasionally looked interested, and then gone back to wrestling with their EndNote libraries.

Today I decided to take them up on their file storage offer: instead of just bibliographic data, you can host complete copies of your reference library on their servers. I ran into a slight hitch when I found that there were existing files stored in the group: as the group owner, they come out of my storage allotment. That meant that a bunch of files wouldn’t fit into my free 100MB limit. Oops.

I’ve now purchased 1GB of storage space, so that ought to hold everything for the foreseeable future of this project. And after a few minutes of syncing files, I can now access all my PDFs and website snapshots from the office computer. No more “file not found” error messages – the whole library is now synchronised between all the computers that I work on. I think it’s fantastic 🙂

Now, if only getting printer access was this easy…

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