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.

A Rationale for Applied Sociology as It Relates to Policy-Making

A Rationale for Applied Sociology as It Relates to Policy-Making

Applied sociology has received greatly renewed interest because ofthe growth of employment opportunities outside universities combined with a tight academic market. Moreover, over the past two decades social science has been found to be increasingly useful in applied social science research in support of social programs of a wide variety. Why applied sociology?

Otto Larsen, former director of Social and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation, explains the role of social scientists in policy-making:

Scientists do not make public policies, elected officials do. Research from social and behavioral research ...

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