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.

Bridging the Gap Between the Languages of Theory and Research

Bridging the Gap Between the Languages of Theory and Research

Countless advisers have told their students that words have meaning, and that students should say what they mean and mean what they say. This is no more true than when one starts dealing with the language of research and the associated jargon that we have all had to deal with. Especially when it comes to theory and the research that investigates it, language plays a particularly important role, as discussed below by Blalock.

Causal Inferences in Non-Experimental Research

  • Owing to the inherent nature of the scientific method, there is a gap between the ...
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