Creswell , J. (2007) Qualitative inquiry & research design: Choosing among five approaches. Sage.
paperwork (almost 400 pages)
Fairly easy to read and thorough understanding of each method:
1. Narrative
2. Phenomenological
3. Grounded Theory
4. Ethnographic
5. Case Study
Also provides sample studies of each
Chapter on data collection
Chapter on Data analysis
Chapter on writing a qualitative study
Chapter on validation
Throughout the text he compares the methods

Creswell, J. (2008). Educational research: Planning conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research.
This is a text that one would have in a course (almost 700 pages)
The text is divided into three parts:
1. An introduction to education research and explanation of quantitative vs. qualitative. This section includes sample quantitative and qualitative studies.
2. Part II includes 8 steps in the process of research.
  • Identifying the problem
  • Doing a Lit review
  • purpose and research questions
  • collecting quantitative data
  • analyzing quantitative data
  • collecting qualitative data
  • analyzing qualitative data
  • reporting and evaluating research
3. Part 3 is all about research design:
  • experimental, correlational, survey, grounded theory, ethnographic, narrative, mixed, and action research