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.

Software Applications for the Computer

Software Applications for the Computer

The term software refers to the detailed instructions or programs that tell a computer what to do. What follows is a brief review of some of the programs available to social and behavior scientists for data analysis. Be sure to see the review of programs used to analyze qualitative data in Part 4, especially Part 4.9.

6.10.1 Selecting the Perfect Statistics Software

No matter what statistics program is used, it needs to meet certain criteria. What follows is a general guide to selecting data analysis software.

  • Whether the software program is expensive (like SYSTAT) or not (like Ecstatic), be sure ...
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