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 Comment on the Internet

A Comment on the Internet

The use of the Internet as a part of university, public, and private research is ubiquitous, but this handbook is not the place for a review of Internet basics or e-mail fundamentals.

Perhaps the most important and increasingly used tools available on the Internet are newsgroups. Newsgroups are discussion groups focused on a particular topic. To help manage the flow of articles, news sites are managed, moderated, administered, and censored by system administrators. Not all newsgroups reach each potential site or everyone who has access to an Internet site. The newsgroups ...

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