Research Methods for Inexperienced Researchers: Guidelines for Investigating the Social World demystifies the research process for students, teachers and members of the public and private sectors and just about anyone needing to access and analyse information. Presented in an easy-to-follow format, this timely and practical 'how to' guide will help the most novice of researchers. From the initial research idea to the final report, the student and general user alike will find this volume indispensable. Covering all aspects of research from the sources of information, to the collecting, compiling and analysing of material, the theoretical and practical aspects of research are easily accessible to users at all levels. Straightforward, free of jargon and copiously enhanced with over 40 illustrative figures, Research Methods is an information-packed handbook for the information age.