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.

Collecting and Analyzing Different Types of Data

About Part II

By now, you should have a good handle on the six-step method for designing research. You develop a good research question (Step 1) and choose a logical structure for your research (Step 2) so that you can answer your question. The first two steps will help you to identify the type of data you need (Step 3). Then you pick the best data collection method, data collection site, and a data analysis method (Steps 4–6).

Part II of this book gives examples—lots of them. Examples are a great way to learn, because you can see how other people have solved research problems. You get to look over their shoulders as they make their design choices. ...

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