The Second Edition of An Applied Guide to Research Designs offers researchers in the social and behavioral sciences guidance for selecting the most appropriate research design to apply in their study. Using consistent terminology, the authors visually present a range of research designs used in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods to help readers conceptualize, construct, test, and problem solve in their investigation. The Second Edition features revamped and expanded coverage of research designs, new real-world examples and references, a new chapter on action research, and updated ancillaries.

Quantitative Methods for Nonexperimental Research

This part includes two popular approaches to the quantitative method (nonexperimental only), followed by some of the associated basic designs (accompanied by brief descriptions of published studies that use the design). Visit the companion website at to access valuable instructor and student resources. These resources include PowerPoint slides, discussion questions, class activities, SAGE journal articles, web resources, and online data sets.

Nonexperimental research is conducted when the researcher does not have direct control of the independent variables simply because their manifestations have already occurred. That is, nonexperimental research is used when the variables of interest cannot be controlled though the means of manipulation, inclusion, exclusion, or group assignment. However, the one form of control that can be used for ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles