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Early Childhood Studies: Research Resources


The aim of this page is to highlight online Library resources that are useful if you are completing a dissertation/research project.

Highlighted resources include research methodology material such as relevant e-books / databases and tips for effectively managing your referencing workflow.

For guidelines on chapter layout etc please refer to your dissertation pack or consult with your supervisor.

Research Methods Resources


There are a broad range of Research Methods e-books available through our dedicated e-book database E-Book Central

Some useful titles include the following:

Doing Action Research in Early Childhood Studies: A step by Step Guide (2008) MacNaughton

Doing Early Childhood Research: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (2001) MacNaughton

Researching Young Childrens Perspectives; Debating the Ethics and Dilemmas of Educational Research with Children (2011) Harcourt

Conducting Research with Children and Adolescents: Design, Methods and Empirical Cases (2009) Tinson

Ethical Research with Children (2005) Farrell

Research Methods for Graduate Business and Social Science Students (2014) John Adams.

Understanding and Conducting Research in the Health Sciences (2013) Cunningham

Studying Educational and Social Policy: Theoretical Concepts and Research Methods (2004) Heck

The Oxford Handbook of Multimethods and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry (2015) Hesse-Bieber

Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services (2000) Anastas

The Wiley Handbook of Social Studies Research (2017) Manfra

Reviewing Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences: A Guide for Researchers and Reviewers (2012) Trainer

Combining Methods in Educational and Social Research (2004) Gorard

Continuum Companion to Discourse Analysis (2011) Hyland

Researching Health Needs: A Community-Based Approach (1999) Payne

Doing Fieldwork: Ethnographic Methods for Research in Developing Countries and Beyond (2005) Fife

Social Media, Sociality and Survey Research )2013) Hill

Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Focus on Self-Regulated Learning (2012) Dembo

Feminist Research Methodology: Making Meaning of Meaning-Making (2009) Wickramasinghe

Researching Sustainabiliy: A Guide to Social Sciences Methods, Practice and Engagement (2011) Franklin

The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research (2014) Leavy

An Introduction to Qualitative Research Synthesis: Managing the Information Explosion in Social Science Research (2010) Savin-Baden

Doing Qualitative Community Research: Lessons for Faculty Students and the Community (2012) Quimby

In search of...New Methodological Approaches to Youth Research (2015) Allaste

Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research (2011) Reavey

Research Methods in Social Relations (2014) Maruyama

Research Methods for the Social Sciences (2007) Wellington

Visual Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Awakening Visions (2011) Spencer

Introducing Social Research Methods: Essentials for Getting the Edge (2016) Ruane

Assessing the Quality of Survey Data (2012) Blasius

Basic Statistics for Social Research (2012) Hanneman

Qualitative Data: An Introduction to Coding and Analysis (2003) Auerbach

Research Methodology in the Social Behavioural and Life Sciences: Designs, Models and Methods (1999) Ader

Change Research: A Case Study on Collaborative Methods for Social Workers and Advocates (2011) Shdaimh

Participatory Action Research (2015) Lawson

Introduction to Research Methods and Report Writing: A Practical Guide for Students and Researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2016) Mligo

Student Research and Report Writing: From Topic Selection to the Complete Paper (2016) Wang

Understanding and Applying Research Design (2012) Abbott

Social Research (2010) May

Essentials of Social Research (2008) Kalof

Ethics in Social Research (2012) Love

Do It Yourself Social Research (2011) Wadsworth

Using Documents in Social Research (2003) Prior

Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science (2010) Bell

Statistical Methods for Practice and Research: A guide to Data Analysis using SPSS (2009) Gaur

Starting Statistics: A Short Clear Guide (2010) Burdess

Starting Out in Statistics (2014) de Winter

Managing Your Referencing Workflow

It is recommended that you effectively manage your referencing workflow as you progress through your literature searching. It is advisable to save the referencing details of relevant material such as journal articles, case studies, books etc that you are consulting for your literature review.  These bibliographic details will be required for your bibliography. To this end, it is useful to use a software tool which allows you to collate, organise and format your references.  When searching Search and Find: Online Resources it is also possible to email a list of saved references through the Folder option.

EndNote Online 

EndNote Online is a software tool for collecting, organising and formatting references, and can be used to create a bibliography for a project, dissertation or thesis. To use this product it is necessary to register and create an account (free) by going to:

Once an account has been set up it is possible to export references from the Search and Find: Online Resources search service to EndNote Online by the following method:

  • Exporting records to Endnote Online from the Search and Find: Online Resources Saved Items folder.

When a search of Search and Find: Online Resources is performed and records have been saved into the Saved Items folder using the   icon these items can be exported to EndNote Online by opening the Saved Items folder  and selecting the required references and then the Export option:


On the next screen selected the Direct Export to EndNote Online option:

 and click on Save

NOTE: it is recommended that EndNote Online is opened before starting the export process – if EndNote Online has not been opened, the login screen will be shown before the export is completed.

Once finished EndNote Online will display a confirmation that the export has successfully completed:

Further help on using EndNote Online can be found at

New Research Methods Books

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