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.

Extended Example: Counting the Homeless

Most of us have encountered homeless people. Maybe we’ve seen someone in ratty clothes panhandling on a street corner or passed out on a park bench. Maybe we’ve volunteered in a soup kitchen. When we think about the homeless, we typically think of unkempt people, unemployed, mostly men, tired and ill from having no secure place to sleep. We think of mentally ill people who can’t get care. Above all, we think of people who have no options, waiting because they have nothing to do and nowhere to go, living in public because they have no private place to be.

These people are, indeed, part of America’s homeless population. They are not all of it, however. Many homeless people have ...

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