Further Reading

Further reading links to supplement your studies.

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A great deal has been written about questionnaire surveys in the social sciences. The following are just a few of the sources I have found useful:

  • Bryman (2012) is a comprehensive, well-written book that provides an overview of questionnaire surveys and other social research methods including Internet and e-research approaches.
    Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods, 4th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fink (2013) provide a very clear primer on how to conduct questionnaire surveys, focusing on ‘how to’ and practical advice.
    Fink, A.  (2013) How to Conduct Surveys: A Step-by-Step Guide, 5th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Groves et. al. (2009) is an excellent, detailed, up-to-date discussion of survey research methods with an extensive bibliography. This book emphasizes methodological topics such as non-response bias, validity, sampling frames, questionnaire evaluation, interviewer bias, and ethical issues.
    Groves, R.M., Fowler, F.J., Couper, M.P., Lepowski, J.M., Singer, E., Tourangeau, R. (2009). Survey Methodology, 2nd edition. New York:  Wiley.
  • Sue and Ritter (2012) offer a practical introduction to online survey research that adapts the well-established steps of survey research design for the online context.
    Sue, V.M., and Ritter, L.A. (2012) Conducting Online Surveys. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Survey Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago – Sites Related to Survey Research (www.srl.uic.edu/links.html). This is a comprehensive internet site for survey research, including links to journals, organizations, sample questionnaires, software packages for analysing survey data, and sampling-related software and websites.

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