Extended Reading

The following list of journal articles and books provide extended reading on topics covered in chapter 25 in the second edition. Please note that journal articles are free to access, whereas book extracts (denoted by methods.sagepub.com URLs) require your university to have a subscription to SAGE Research Methods.

Gibson, W. J., & Brown, A. (2009). Working with qualitative data. London: Sage.
Chapter 5 of this book, ‘Using documents in research’ is a useful introduction to documentary research.

Lewis-Beck, M. S., Bryman, A., & Liao , T. F. (Eds.). (2004). The SAGE encyclopedia of social science research methods. Newbury Park, CA: Sage

This includes brief discussions of:

Archival research by Louise Corti

Documents of life by Ken Plummer

Types of documents by John Scott

Historical methods by Gaye Tuchman

Plummer, K. (2001). Documents of life 2 (2nd ed.). London: Sage.
This is a classic study of personal documents.

Alaszewski, A. (2006). Using diaries for social research. London: Sage.
This provides a further detailed study of using diaries in research.