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.

Research Funding

Research Funding

Obtaining funding for research is a major activity of almost all sociologists and other social and behavior scientists. Funding might be internal, through a home institution, or external, such as that obtained through the federal government or a foundation. Funding often provides the resources not only to conduct research but also to staff teaching and administrative positions. The last aspect makes funding vital to the health of a college or university where research is emphasized.

8.2.1 Major Funding Agencies for Social Science Research Federal Agencies

For additional information about any federal agency and what types of funding it provides, ...

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