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 Orientation and Commitment of the Basic Researcher

The Orientation and Commitment of the Basic Researcher

Most researchers who conduct basic research define their goal as that of advancing knowledge or the understanding of basic scientific phenomena. Any immediate and obvious utility is secondary to the primary objective of science, which is to describe the world as it exists, without any necessary regard for how it might be changed. Although most would agree that all knowledge, whether it validates a hypothesis or not, eventually will be useful, it is always useful to know what may be “true” and what is not true. Consistent with ...

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