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.

How Science Is Built

How Science Is Built

This guide sets forth the canons of science as seen by the behavioral researcher and should be used as a set of signposts to point the direction of and identify the possible difficulties inherent in any scientific exploration. It's like a digest of the philosophy that researchers carry with them, use in their work, and live by amid the ups and downs of a life conducting research.

The three brief essays that follow describe (a) the importance of conceptual definitions and theory formulation in the construction of scientific knowledge (DiRenzo), (b) assumptions underlying ...

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