Some Books To Keep Nearby

Back when I was learning research methods, a professor told me about a couple of books which always should be at hand when cobwebs obscure the memory. Those old books are out of date now, but let me suggest some modern titles that I think you might find useful if and when your academic work pushes into their areas. These are easy to read, yet very potent.    --Dr. Anthony Curtis, 2005

Research Methods

Scholarly Research Methods

  • Leedy, Paul D. Practical Research: Planning and Design. 8th Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2005. ISBN: 0131108956

  • Creswell, John W. Research Design: Qualitative & Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002. ISBN: 0761924426

  • Hult, Christine A. Research and Writing Across the Curriculum. 3rd Ed. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon Longman, 2006. ISBN: 0321338081

  • Lester, James D. and James D. Lester Jr. Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide. 11th Ed. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon Longman, 2004. ISBN: 0321236467

  • Taylor, George R. Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Research. Lanham, MD:University Press of America, 2000. ISBN: 0761816445

  • Kennedy, Shirley Duglin. Best Bet Internet: Reference and Research When You Don't Have Time to Mess Around. Chicago: American Library Association Editions, 1998. ISBN: 0838907121

    Literature Review

  • Hart, Chris. Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1999. ISBN: 0761959750

  • Fink, Arlene. Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From Paper to the Internet. 2nd Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2004. ISBN: 141290904X

    Theses and Dissertations

  • Newman, Isadore, Carolyn-R Benz, David Weis, & Keith McNeil. Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Writing in the Social and Physical Sciences. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1997. ISBN: 0761808159


  • Barzun, Jacques. The Modern Researcher. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2003 ISBN: 0155055291

    Survey Research

  • Alreck, Pamela L. and Robert B. Settle. The Survey Research Handbook. 3rd Ed. Chicago: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2004. ISBN: 0072945486


  • Stewart, Charles J. and William B. Cash Jr. Interviewing Principles and Practices. 10th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN: 0072483954

    Journalism and Mass Communication

    History of Media and Freedom of the Press

  • Emery, Michael, and Edwin Emery, and Nancy L. Roberts. The Press and America – An Interpretive History of the Mass Media. 9th Ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000. ISBN: 0205295576


  • Horton, Brian. Associated Press Guide to Photojournalism - 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001 ISBN: 0071363874

  • Burian, Peter, and Robert Caputo. National Geographic Photography Field Guide - 2nd Ed. Washington D.C.: National Geographic, 2003 ISBN: 079225676X

  • Zavoina, Susan C. and John H. Davidson. Digital Photojournalism. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2002 ISBN: 0205332404

    Online Journalism

  • Foust, James C. Principles and Practices of News for the Web. Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers, 2005. ISBN: 9781890871567

  • Craig, Richard. Online Journalism: Reporting, Writing, and Editing for New Media. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth-Thomson Learning, 2005. ISBN: 0534531466

  • Levine, John R., Carol Barouid and Margaret Levine Young. The Internet for Dummies. 9th Ed. Foster City, CA: IDG Books, 2003. ISBN: 0764541730

    Broadcast Journalism

  • Stephens, Mitchell. Broadcast News, 4th Ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson-Wadsworth, 2005. ISBN: 0534595707

  • Tuggle, C.A., Forrest Carr and Suzanne Huffman. Broadcast News Handbook, 2nd Ed. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2004. ISBN: 0072853514

    Editorial Writing

  • Rystrom, Kenneth. The Why, Who and How of the Editorial Page. 4th Ed. State College, PA: Strata Publishing, 2004 ISBN: 1891136097

    Feature Writing

  • Friedlander, Edward Jay and John Lee. Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines. 5th Ed. New York: Longman, 2004. ISBN: 020538191X

    News Writing

  • Itule, Bruce D. and Douglas A. Anderson. News Writing and Reporting for Today's Media. 6th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN: 0072492120

    Associated Press. Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. ISBN: 0465004881

    Mass Communications

  • DeFleur, Melvin L. and Everette E. Dennis. Understanding Mass Communication. 7th Ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002. ISBN: 0618128573

  • 2004 ARC