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 Review of Print and Online Social Science Research Resources

The research question that motivates further research can come from a variety of sources, but most often it comes from the history of the topic. When such is the case, a search of the scientific literature becomes paramount. Social scientists often minimize this step because sometimes they mistakenly believe that their problems are so novel that past literature will not apply. All too often, they simply do notgiveenoughimportancetothewayinwhichtheirworkwillhelpbuildonpastresearchtovalidate ahypothesisor theory and thus increase the accumulation of findings. They underestimate past ...

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