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.
The professional code contains many mores concerning the reporting of research. Beyond the mundane pressures to publish, there is an underlying normative prescription: Let the world know what you have found. Add to the storehouse of knowledge. Try to write so that you connect past research with your findings and so that other scholars can build upon your work in the future.
In this section, both oral and written reporting are described. Research reporting usually takes place in a rather closed world, where professionals interact with one another either in professional meetings or through learned journals. Some important ...