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.

Social Science Data Archives in the United States

Social Science Data Archives in the United States

Many institutions are data archives, responsible for collecting, storing, and sharing data obtained from a wide variety of sources. These data sets make possible research in which new questions are asked and the often prohibitive expense of collecting data is avoided. Data archives in addition to those listed here can be found at Social Science Data Archives (

5.20.1 The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR, at, established in 1962, essentially is a vast archive of data. The results of numerous studies and a huge number of ...

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