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.

Evaluating Research Studies

Evaluating Research Studies

An integral part of preparing any research proposal is reviewing the existing literature. You'll learn more about how to do this in Part 4 of the Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement. Here, the focus is on the criteria one should use when evaluating the research studies included in one's review and used as a basis for the rationale for the study one wants to complete. To be an effective researcher, you need a critical eye for the outstanding features as well as the deficits of any one piece of research.

The following list of questions should ...

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