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.

Outline Guide to Sites, Principal Methods, and Techniques of the Social Science Researcher

Outline Guide to Sites, Principal Methods, and Techniques of the Social Science Researcher

The collection of data occurs in a designed inquiry only after a long series of steps, including the following:

  • definition of the problem,
  • construction of the theoretical framework,
  • stating of hypotheses,
  • establishment of the design of inquiry, and
  • determination of sampling procedures.

This section introduces the most common methods of social science research and presents a brief set of instructions for the construction of questionnaires, interviews, and scales. These instructions will assist the researcher in evaluating the appropriate method for his or her particular problem; he or she should consult methods books listed in ...

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