In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.

Defining the Characteristics of Basic, Applied, and Evaluation Research

Defining the Characteristics of Basic, Applied, and Evaluation Research

Researchers interested in behavioral or organizational problems can focus their inquiries in three different directions. These are generally called basic, applied, and evaluation research, although each can be found under other names depending on the context within which they are used. For example, basic research is often called pure or experimental research, and applied research often appears under the terminology of policy research and action research. Finally, evaluation research sometimes is referred to as assessment or appraisal research, and even as ...

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