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.

Qualitative Research Methodology: A New Perspective

Qualitative Research Methodology: A New Perspective

During the introduction to this part, we discussed how qualitative research methodologies are often used when researchers are interested in obtaining more authentic information about some phenomenon than that which would be available using more conventional quantitative techniques. The following article, reprinted with permission, discusses the context in which these new forms of research emerged and the promises and perils they present. This is an interesting look into the past along with some speculation about the future.

The New Frontier in Qualitative Research Methodology

First, I would like to thank the members of the Qualitative SIG [Special ...

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