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.

Professional Memberships and Organizations

A professional research life is an ongoing process of research investigation, reading research journals, preparing scientific papers, and reading papers before professional audiences of various learned societies, and finally publishing articles and monographs.1 For them to command attention, it is necessary for researchers to make themselves and their work known to colleagues in local, state, regional, national, and international circles.

The North American sociologist who wishes to be known in national and international circles will join the American Sociological Association (ASA) and may affiliate with one or both of the leading international sociological ...

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