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.
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.[Page 669]
8.2.1 Major Funding Agencies for Social Science Research
220.127.116.11 Federal Agencies
For additional information about any federal agency and what types of funding it provides, ...