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.

Guides for Design, Model Building, and Large-Scale Research

Guides for Design, Model Building, and Large-Scale Research

What follows are readings that address the practice of building large-scale empirical studies. To start, “Some Observations on Study Design” by Samuel A. Stouffer is regarded as one of the single most useful statements of design requirements for large-scale social investigations.

Model building has become an integral part of scientific work. Section 2.12, “The Role of Models in Research Design,” describes various types of models that are currently used.

Edward A. Suchman, in “General Considerations of Research Design” (Section 2.13), lists some realistic appraisals often needed when ideal plans must be compromised.

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