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Research Guide 1

Researching and writing a dissertation or project


This guide lists books in Oxford Brookes University Library which are relevant to researching and writing a dissertation, particularly at undergraduate or taught postgraduate level.


Books about how to write essays are listed in Library Research Guide 5: Improving your study, assignment and exam skills.


Please check the Library catalogue to see:


  • if the books are at Headington, Wheatley or Harcourt Hill
  • if they are also available as e-books


The guide is divided into 2 sections:


  • Part 1   General, non subject specific books
  • Part 2   Subject specific resources


Part 1:  General books (non subject specific)

Allison, B. (2004) The student's guide to preparing dissertations and theses.  2nd ed.

London: RoutledgeFalmer.                                                                                   808.066 ALL & e-book

Ball, S. (2012) The complete guide to writing your dissertation: advice, techniques and insights to help you enhance your grades.  Oxford: How To Books.                                               808.066 BAL


Berry, R. (2004) The research project: how to write it.  5th ed.  Abingdon: Routledge.

808.066 BER


Biggam, J. (2011) Succeeding with your master’s dissertation: a step-by-step handbook. 

2nd ed.  Maidenhead:  Open University Press.                                                  808.066 BIG & e-book


Blaxter, L, Hughes, C. & Tight, M. (2010) How to research. 4th ed. Maidenhead: Open University

Press.                                                                                                                     300.72 BLA & e-book


Bryman, A. (2012) Social research methods.  4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  300.72 BRY


Bui, Y.N. (2009)  How to write a master’s thesis.  Thousand Oaks, Calif., SAGE.           808.066 BUI


Creswell, J. W. (2014)  Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 4th ed.  London: SAGE.                                                                                                  300.72 CRE


Cryer, P. (2006) The research student's guide to success.  3rd ed. Maidenhead: Open University.                                                                                                                                         001.43 CRY


Denscombe, M. (2010) The good research guide: for small scale research projects.  4th ed.  Maidenhead:  McGraw-Hill Open University Press.                                               300.72 DEN & e-book                                   

Greenfield, T. (ed) (2002) Research methods for postgraduates. 2nd ed. London: Arnold.                                                                                                                                                      001.43 RES


Greetham, B (2009)  How to write your undergraduate dissertation.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.                                808.066 GRE


Holliday, A. (2007)  Doing and writng qualitative research.  2nd ed.  London: SAGE

300.723 HOL


Hutchison, H. (2007)  Teach yourself writing essays and dissertations.  London: Hodder.

808.066 HUT


Jesson, J. (2011) Doing your literature review : traditional and systematic techniques. London: SAGE.                            808.0663 JES


Leedy, P. D. & Ormrod, J. E. (2010) Practical research : planning and design. 9th ed.  Saddle River, N. J. : Pearson Education.                               001.43 LEE


Levin, P. (2005) Excellent dissertations!  3rd ed.  Maidenhead: Open University Press.

808.066 LEV


Machi, L. & McEvoy, B. (2009)  The literature review.  Thousand Oaks : Corwin.  808.0663 MAC


McMillan, K. & Weyers, J. (2011) How to write dissertations & project reports.  2nd ed.  Harlow:

Pearson Education.                                                                                      808.066 MAC & e-book


Murray, R. (2011) How to write a thesis.  3rd ed.  Maidenhead:  Open University Press.

808.066 MUR


Oliver, P. (2012) Succeeding with your literature review: a handbook for students.  Maidenhead: Open University Press.                                                                                 808.0663 OLI & e-book


Orna, E. & Stevens, G. (2009) Managing information for research: practical help in researching, writing and designing dissertations.  2nd ed.  Maidenhead:  Open University Pr.      001.43 ORN


Preece, R. (1994) Starting research : an introduction to academic research and dissertation writing. London : Pinter.                                                                                                       001.43 PRE


Robson, C. (2007) How to do a research project:  a guide for undergraduate students.  Oxford:  Blackwell.                                                                                                                   808.0663 ROB


Robson, C. (2011) Real world research: a resource for users of social research methods in applied settings.  3rd ed.  Chichester: Wiley.                                                                                 300.72 ROB

Rudestam, K. E. &  Newton, R.R. (2007) Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Sage.                                                        808.066 RUD


Rugg, G. & Petre, M. (2007) A gentle guide to research methods.  Maidenhead:  Open University Press.                                                                                                                           001.42 RUG


Rumsey, S. (2008) How to find information: a guide for researchers.  2nd ed. Maidenhead:  Open University Press.                                                                                         001.43 RUM & e-book


Smith, P. (2011) How to write an assignment: proven techniques for producing essays, reports and dissertations that succeed.  Oxford: How to Books.                                                         808.066 SMI


Swetnam, D. (2000) Writing your dissertation:  how to plan, prepare and present successful work.  3rd ed.  Oxford: How to Books.                                                           808.066 SWE & e-book


Thomas, R. M. & Brubaker, D.L. (2008) Theses and dissertations: a guide to planning, research, and writing. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press.                                                     808.066 THO

Walliman, N. S. R. (2004) Your undergraduate dissertation: the essential guide for success. London: Sage         .                                                                                                                         808.066 WAL


Walliman, N.S.R. (2011) Research methods: the basics.  London: Routledge.

001.43 WAL & e-book


Walliman, N.S. R.  (2011) Your research project:  designing and planning your work.  3rd ed.  London:  SAGE.                                                                                                            001.43 WAL


Wisker, G. (2009) The undergraduate research handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

001.42 WIS


Part 2:  Subject-specific guides

Art, Art History and Design

D’Alleva, A. (2006) How to write art history. London: Laurence King Publishing.            707.22 DAL

Crouch, C, & Pearce, J. (2012) Doing research in design. London: Berg.                   729.072 CRO


Built Environment

Borden, I. (2006) The dissertation: an architectural student's handbook. 2nd ed. London: Architectural.                                                                                                             808.06672 BOR


Farrell, P. (2011) Writing a built environment dissertation: practical guidance and examples.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.                                                                                                             808.06669 FAR


Groat, L. N. & Wang, D. C. (2002) Architectural research methods.  New York : Wiley.720.72 GRO


Holt, G. (1997) A guide to successful dissertation study for students of the built environment.  2nd ed.  Wolverhampton:  University of Wolverhampton.                                                          808.06669 HOL


Knight, A. & Ruddock, L. (eds) (2008) Advanced research methods in the built environment.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.                                                                                                     300.72 ADV & e-book


Naoum, S. G. (2011) Dissertation research and writing for construction students. 3rd ed. London:  Routledge.                                                                                                             808.066624 NAO



Brown, R. B. (2006) Doing your dissertation in business and management: the reality of researching and writing. London: SAGE.                                                                                             658.0072 BRO


Currie, D. (2005) Developing and applying study skills: writing assignments, dissertations and management reports. London:  CIPD.                                                                   808.066658 CUR


Fisher, C. M. (2010) Researching and writing a dissertation: an essential guide for business students.  3rd ed.  Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.                       808.066658 FIS & e-book


Horn, R. (2009) Researching and writing dissertations: a complete guide for business and management students.  London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

808.066658 HOR


Jankowicz, A.D. (2004) Business research projects.  4th ed.  London: Thomson Learning.

658.0072 JAN


Remenyi, D. et al. (1998) Doing research in business and management: an introduction to process and method. London: Sage.                                                                                               658.0072 DOI


Riley, M. et al. (2000) Researching and writing dissertations in business and management. London Thomson Learning.                                                                                                        808.066658 RES


Saunders, M., Lewis. P & Thornhill, A. (2009) Research methods for business students. 6th ed. Harlow: Pearson.                                                                                       658.0072 SAU & e-book


White, B. (2005) Writing your MBA dissertation.  London:  Thomason Learning. 808.066658 WHI


Wilson, J. (2010) Essentials of business research: a guide to doing your research project.  London: SAGE.                                                                                                                                658.0072 WIL





Berndtsson, M. et al (2007) Thesis projects: a guide for students in computer science and information systems.  New York, London: Springer.                                             808.066004 THE


Dawson, C. W. (2009) Projects in computing and information systems: a student's guide. 2nd ed. Harlow: Addison-Wesley.                                                                                               004 DAW



Bell, J. (2010) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. 5th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.              370.72 BEL & e-book


Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2011) Research methods in education. 7th ed. London: Routledge.                                                                                                   370.72 COH & e-book


Jarvis, P. (2012) Research in the early years: a step-by-step guide.  Harlow: Pearson-Education.

372.21072 RES


Johnson, B. & Christensen, L. B. (2012) Educational research: quantitative, qualitative and mixed approaches.  4th ed.  Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE.                                                  370.72 JOH


Lawson, A. (ed) (2008, 2011) Research tool-kit: the how-to guide from Practical research for education.  [Vol 1 – 2008; Vol 2 – 2011].  Slough: National Foundation for Educational Research.

370.72 RES


O’Hara, M. et al (2011) Successful dissertations : the complete guide for education, childhood and early childhood studies students. London: Continuum.                       808.066372/SUC & e-book


Roberts-Holmes, G. (2011) Doing your early years research project: a step-by-step guide.  2nd ed.  London: SAGE.                                                                                                  372.21072 ROB


Sharp, J. (2012) Success with your education research project.  2nd ed.  London: SAGE.

370.72 SHA


Thomas, G. (2009) How to do your research project: a guide for students in education and applied social sciences. London: SAGE.                                                                                 300.72 THO


Tummons, J. (2013) Doing your research project in the lifelong learning sector.  Maidenhead:  McGraw Hill Open University Press.                                                            374.0072 TUM & e-book


Walliman, N. S. R. and Buckler, S. (2008) Your dissertation in education.  Rev.ed.  London: SAGE.

808.06637 WAL


Wilson, E (2009) School-based research: a guide for education students.  London:  SAGE.

370.72 WIL


Beer, D. F. & McMurrey, D. (2013) A guide to writing as an engineer.  4th ed.  Hoboken, N.J:  Wiley.                                                                                                                               808.06662 BEE


Davies, J. W. (1996) Communication for engineering students.  Harlow:  Longman.

808.06662 DAV


Silyn-Roberts, H. (2000) Writing for science and engineering: papers, presentations and reports: a practical handbook for postgraduates in science, engineering and technology. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.                                                                                                                  808.0665 SIL


English Literature

Fabb, N. & Durant, A (c2005) How to write essays and dissertations: a guide for English literature students . 2nd ed. Harlow: Pearson Longman.                                                        808.066 FAB


Flowerdew, R. & Martin, D. (2005) Methods in human geography: a guide for students doing a research project. 2nd ed. Harlow: Prentice Hall.                                                          304.2 MET


Gomez, B. & Jones, J. P. (eds) (2010) Research methods in geography: a critical introduction.  Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.                                                                                      910.72 RES


Hay, I. (2012) Communicating in geography and the environmental sciences.  4th ed. Oxford: OUP.

808.06691 HAY


Kitchin, R. & Tate, N. J. (2000) Conducting research in human geography: theory, methodology and practice.  Harlow: Pearson.                                                                                      304.2072 KIT


Montello, D. R. & Sutton, P. C. (2013) An introduction to scientific research methods in geography & environmental studies.  2nd ed.  London: SAGE.                                                  910.72 MON


Parsons, A. J. & Knight, P. G. (2005) How to do your dissertation in geography and related disciplines. 2nd ed. Abingdon: Routledge.                                                           808.06691 PAR


Health Care

Aveyard, H., Sharp, P. & Woolliams, M.  (2011) A beginner’s guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care.  Maidenhead:  Open University Press.              808.066362 AVE & e-book


Aveyard, H. (2010) Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide.  2nd ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Open University Press.                                        362.1 AVE & e-book


Bell, J. (2010) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. 5th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.             370.72 BEL & e-book


Gimenez, J. (2011) Writing for nursing and midwifery students.  2nd ed.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.                                                                                                                   808.06661 GIM


Walliman, N. S. R. & Appleton, J. (2009) Your undergraduate dissertation in health and social care: the essential guide for success.  London:  SAGE.                                       808.066362 WAL & e-book



Abbott, M. (ed) (2009) History skills: a student's handbook. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

907.1141 HIS & e-book


Mabbett, I.W. (2007)  Writing history essays:  a student’s guide.  Basingstoke: Palgrave.

808.0669 MAB


Hospitality, leisure and tourism

Altinay, L. & Paraskevas, A. (2008) Planning research in hospitality and tourism. Amsterdam, London: Butterworth-Heinemann.                                                                          338.4791072 ALT


Brotherton, B. (2008) Researching hospitality and tourism: a student guide.  London: SAGE.

647.94072 BRO


Clark, M. A. et al (1998) Researching and writing dissertations in hospitality and tourism. London: International Thomson Business Press.                                                                     647.9072 RES


Long, J.A. (2007) Researching leisure, sport and tourism: the essential guide.  London: SAGE.                                                                                                                                      790.072 LON & e-book


Sirakaya-Turk, E. (et al) (2011) Research methods for leisure, recreation and tourism.  Wallingford: CABI.                                                                                                                                      790.072 RES


Smith, S.L.J. (2010) Practical tourism research.  Oxford: CAB International.       338.4791072 SMI


Veal, A.J. (2011) Research methods for leisure and tourism: a practical guide. 4th ed. Harlow: Pearson Education.                                                                                                   338.4791072 VEA



Clinch, P. (2010) Legal research: a practitioner’s handbook. London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill.

340.072 CLI


King, R. & Wincup, E. (eds). (2008) Doing research on crime and justice. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.                                                                                                           364.072 DOI


Salter, M. & Mason, J. (2007) Writing law dissertations:  an introduction and guide to the conduct of legal research.  Harlow:  Pearson.                                                                                 808.06634 SAL


Webley, L. (2010) Legal writing.  2nd ed.  Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish.340.07 WEB & e-book



Herbert, T. (2001) Music in words: a guide to researching and writing about music.  London: ABRSM.                                                                                                                       808.06678 HER


Burnham, P. (et al) (2008) Research methods in politics.  2nd ed.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.                                                                                                                                       320.072 BUR


Pierce, R. (2008) Research methods in politics: a practical guide. London: SAGE.         320.072 PIE


Silbergh, D. M. (2001) Doing dissertations in politics: a student guide. London; New York : Routledge.                                                                                                                    808.06632 SIL



Beech, J. R. (2009) How to write in psychology: a student guide.  Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

808.06615 BEE


Bell, P. & P.J. Staines (2001) Evaluating, doing and writing research in psychology: a step-by-step guide for students. London: Sage.                                                                                   150.72 BEL


Cone, J. D. & Foster, S. L. (2006) Dissertations and theses from start to finish: psychology and related fields. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.       808.06615 CON


Salkind, N. J. (2009) Exploring research. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall.

150.72 SAL


Sternberg, R. J. (2003) The psychologist's companion: a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers.  4th ed.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.                         808.06615 STE


Wood, C.P., Giles, D. & Percy, C. (2012) Your psychology project handbook: becoming a researcher.  2nd ed. Harlow: Pearson.                                                         150.72 WOO & e-book



Barrass, R. (2002) Scientists must write: a guide to better writing for scientists, engineers and students. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.                                                                       808.0666 BAR


Gustavii, B. (2008) How to write and illustrate a scientific paper.  2nd ed.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.                                                                                                        808.0665 GUS


Hall, G. M. (2008) How to write a paper.  4th ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.             808.0665 HOW


Kirkman, J. (2005) Good style:  writing for science and technology.  2nd ed.  Abingdon: Routledge.

808.0665 KIR


Knisely, K. (2009) A student handbook for writing in biology.  3rd ed.  Sunderland, Mass: Sinaue r.                                                                                                                                   808.06657 KNI

LeBrun, J. (2007) Scientific writing: a reader and writer’s guide.  Singapore: World Scientific.

808.0665 LEB


Matthews, J. R., Bowen, J.M. & Matthews, R.W. (2000) Successful scientific writing: a step-by-step guide for the biological sciences and medical sciences. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.                                                                                                                            808.0665 MAT


McMillan, V. (2006) Writing papers in the biological sciences.  4th ed.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.                                                                                                                  808.06657 MAC

Pechenik, J.A. (2007) A short guide to writing about biology.  7th ed.  London:  Longman.

808.06657 PEC


[Rendell, A] (2006) A handbook of writing and presentation skills for science students.  2nd ed.  Oxford:  Oxford Brookes University, School of Biological and Molecular Sciences.

808.0665 HAN


Russey, W. E., Ebel, H.F. & Bliefert, C. (2006)  How to write a successful science thesis: the concise guide for students.  Weinheim: Wiley-VCH.                                                                        808.0665 RUS


Silyn-Roberts, H. (2000) Writing for science and engineering: papers, presentations and reports: a practical handbook for postgraduates in science, engineering and technology. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.                                                                                                        808.0665 SIL & e-book


Social Science

Bell, J. (2010) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. 5th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.                  370.72 BEL & e-book


Bryman, A. (2012) Social research methods.  4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

300.72 BRY


Denscombe, M. (2010) The good research guide: for small scale research projects.  4th ed.  Maidenhead:  McGraw-Hill Open University Press.                                                300.72 DEN & e-book


Denscombe, M. (2010) Ground rules for social research: guidelines for good practice.  2nd ed. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill Open University Press.                                              300.72 DEN & e-book


Hart, C. (2001) Doing a literature search: a comprehensive guide for the social sciences. London: Sage.                                                                                                                                       025.524 HAR


Hart, C. (2005) Doing your masters dissertation: realizing your potential as a social scientist.  London: SAGE.                                                                                                            808.066 HAR


Jesson, J. (2011) Doing your literature review: traditional and systematic techniques.  London: SAGE.                                                                                                                            808.0663 JES


Northey, M. (2007) Making sense: a student's guide to research and writing. 5th ed. Don Mills,Ont; Oxford.; Toronto: Oxford University Press.                                                              808.0663 NOR


Thomas, G. (2009) How to do your research project: a guide for students in education and applied social sciences. London: SAGE.                                                                                    300.72 THO


Walliman, N.S.R. (2006)  Social research methods.  London:  SAGE.             300.72 WAL & e-book




Lindsay Sellar

Oxford Brookes University Library

August 2013