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Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies: A Select Bibliography

This select bibliography highlights print and electronic books that are useful to higher degree students. Areas covered include research methodologies, how to write a dissertation or thesis, and publishing tips to start their career in research.

Containing books available in the LibDiscover, this bibliography is organised into the following categories:

  • Higher Degree Journey

  • Research Methodology

  • Academic Writing

  • Academic Publishing

This select bibliography was compiled in conjunction with the NIE Graduate Student Conference. It will be updated annually to reflect books published within the last 5 years.

Higher Degree Journey

Buckler, S., & Walliman, N. (2016). Your dissertation in education (2nd ed.). Los Angeles: SAGE.

Burnard, P., Dragovic, T., Flutter, J., & Alderton, J. (2016). Transformative doctoral research practices for professionals. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Dane, F. C. (2018). Evaluating research: Methodology for people who need to read research. Thousand Oaks, California : SAGE Publications.

Devlin, A. S. (2018). The research experience: Planning, conducting, and reporting research. Los Angeles, California: Sage.

Machi, L., & McEvoy, B. (2016). The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Onwuegbuzie, A., & Frels, R. (2016). 7 steps to a comprehensive literature review: A multimodal & cultural approach. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE.

Tanggaard, L., & Wegener, C. (2017). A survival kit for doctoral students and their supervisors: Traveling the landscape of research. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE.

Terrell, S. R. (2016). Writing a proposal for your dissertation: Guidelines and examples. New York: The Guilford Press.

Thomas, G. (2017). How to do your research project: A guide for students. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

Thomson, P., & Kamler, B. (2016). Detox your writing: Strategies for doctoral researchers. UK, Abingdon: Routledge.

Research Methodology


Lune, H., & Berg, B. L. (2017). Qualitative research methods for the social sciences (9th ed., Global ed.). Harlow, U.K.: Pearson.

Prasad, P. (2015). Crafting qualitative research: Working in the postpositivist traditions. New York: Routledge.

Ravitch, S. M., & Carl, N. M. (2016). Qualitative research: Bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological. California: SAGE Publications.



Drager, K. (2018). Experimental research methods in sociolinguistics. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Hoy, W. K., & Adams, C. M. (2016). Quantitative research in education: A primer. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE.

Kent, R. A. (2015). Analysing quantitative data: Variable-based and case-based approaches to non-experimental datasets. Los Angeles, California: SAGE.


Mixed Methods 

Bartlett, L., & Vavrus, F. K. (2017). Rethinking case study research: A comparative approach. London: Routledge.

Bordens, K. S., & Abbott, B. B. (2018). Research design and methods: A process approach. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Creamer, E. G. (2018). An introduction to fully integrated mixed methods research. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

Delamont, S. (2016). Fieldwork in educational settings: Methods, pitfalls and perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Gray, D. E. (2018). Doing research in the real world. London, UK: SAGE Publications.

Hancock, D. R., & Algozzine, R. (2017). Doing case study research: A practical guide for beginning researchers. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Jacobs, M. S., & Cooper, B. S. (2016). Action research in the classroom: Helping teachers assess and improve their work. USA, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

Mertens, D. M. (2018). Mixed methods design in evaluation. Los Angeles : SAGE Publications, Inc.

Mertler, C. A. (2017). Action research: Improving schools and empowering educators (5th ed.). USA, California: SAGE.

Millar, C. (2016). A practical guide to classroom research. UK, Northwich: Critical Publishing Ltd.

Miller, S. A. (2018). Developmental research methods (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

Rowell, L. L., Bruce, C., Shosh, J. M., & Riel, M. (2016). The Palgrave International handbook of action research. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Russ-Eft, D. F., Sleezer, C., Sampson, G., & Leviton, L. C. (2017). Managing applied social research: Tools, strategies, and insights. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Brand.

Sagor, R., & Williams, C. V. (2017). The action research guidebook: A process for pursuing equity and excellence in education. USA, California: Corwin.

Salkind, N. J. (2018). Exploring research (9th ed., Global ed.). UK, London: Pearson.

Sullivan, B., Roche, M. E., McDonagh, C., & Glenn, M. (2016). Introduction to critical reflection and action for teacher researchers. New York: Routledge.


By Discipline

Goodwin, K. A., & Goodwin, C. J. (2017). Research in psychology: Methods and design. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

Leavy, P. (2015). Method meets art: Arts-based research practice (2nd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

Mallinson, C., Childs, B., & Van Herk, G. (2018). Data collection in sociolinguistics: Methods and applications. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge.

Mannay, D. (2016). Visual, narrative and creative research methods: Application, reflection and ethics. New York: Routledge.

Šerić, N., & Ljubica, J. (2018). Market research methods in the sports industry. Bingley, UK : Emerald Publishing Limited.

Smith, M. F. (2017). Research methods in sport (2nd ed.). London: Learning Matters.

Academic Writing

Barnet, S., Bedau, H., & O’Hara, J. (Eds.). (2017). Critical thinking, reading and writing: A brief guide to argument (9th ed.). USA, New York: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Broussard, M. S. (2017). Reading, research, and writing: Teaching information literacy with process-based research assignments. Chicago, Illinois: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Greasley, P. (2016). Doing essays & assignments: Essential tips for students (2nd ed.). London: SAGE.

Holliday, A. (2016). Doing & writing qualitative research. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Jalongo, M. R., & Saracho, O. N. (2016). Writing for publication: Transitions and tools that support scholars' success. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Lester, J. D., Jr. (2018). Research paper handbook: Step-by-step guide to writing effective research papers (4th ed.). Culver City, California: Good Year Books.

McNiff, J. (2016). Writing up your action research project. London: Routledge.

Miller, A. D. (2018). It’s a matter of fact: Teaching students research skills in today’s information-packed world. New York: Routledge.

Neal, E. (2013). Academic writing: Individual and collaborative strategies for success. Stillwater, Okla: New Forums Press.

Osmond, A. (2013). Academic writing and grammar for students (2nd ed.). London, England: SAGE.

Urban, J. B., & Van Eeden-Moorefield, B. (2018). Designing and proposing your research project. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association.

Wang, G. T., & Park, K. (2016). Student research and report writing: From topic selection to the complete paper. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

Academic Publishing

Becker, L. M. (2014). Presenting your research: Conferences, symposiums, poster presentations and beyond. London, England: SAGE.

Germano, W. P. (2013). From dissertation to book. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

 Harzing, A. -W. (2011). The publish or perish book, part 2: Citation analysis for academics and administrators. Melbourne, Australia: Tarma Software Research.

 Harzing, A.-W. (2011). The publish or perish book, part 3:  Doing bibliometric research with Google Scholar. Melbourne, Australia: Tarma Software Research.

Joireman, J., & Lange, P. A. M. van. (2015). How to publish high-quality research. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association.

Murray, R. (2013). Writing for academic journals (3rd ed.). Maidenhead, England: McGraw-Hill Open University Press.

Obiakor, F. E., Algozzine, R., & Spooner, F. (Eds.). (2010). Publish, flourish, and make a difference: A guide to successful writing in education (2nd ed.). Arlington, VA.: Council for Exceptional Children.

Rocco, T. S., & Hatcher, T. G. (Eds.). (2011). The handbook of scholarly writing and publishing. San Francisco, CA.: Jossey-Bass.

Smith, S. (2015). PhD by published work: A practical guide for success. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Trimmer, J. F. (2013). A guide to APA documentation. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.