Research Basics: Design to Data Analysis in Six Steps offers a fresh and creative approach to the research process based on author James V. Spickard’s decades of teaching experience. Using an intuitive six–step model, readers learn how to craft a research question and then identify a logical process for answering it. Conversational writing and multi–disciplinary examples illuminate the model’s simplicity and power, effectively connecting the “hows” and “whys” behind social science research. Students using this book will learn how to turn their research questions into results.

Step 5: Choose Your Data Collection Site

Okay. You’ve explored your research topic and developed a good research question. You’ve chosen a logical structure for your project. You’ve identified the type of data you need and have chosen an appropriate data collection method. What’s next? You need a data collection site where you can reasonably expect to find the data you need.

In many cases, choosing a data collection site is not hard. You just ask yourself, “Where am I apt to find the kind of data I’m seeking?” Then you go and look. How you do so depends on the type of data you need. Different types of data call for different kinds of research sites. I can’t cover all the possibilities in this ...

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