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This accessible, alternative approach to mainstream Research Methods titles is written for students who will need to interpret social research in their careers and, more than likely, have opportunities to do research. The book's focus is on equipping students with the tools both to evaluate research done by others and to do their own research. Exercises in the text help students develop skills and strategies for research, including Internet assignments for finding and evaluating sources. The text provides students with a solid grounding in the relevant aspects of the philosophy of science and thoroughly explains the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why You Need to Know: An Introduction
Chapter 2: The Nature of the Scientific Enterprise
Chapter 3: The Logic of Inquiry
Chapter 4: The Vocabulary of Science
Chapter 5: Doing the Right Thing--Ethics in Social Research
Chapter 6: Sampling
Chapter 7: Elements of Research Design
Chapter 8: Experiments
Chapter 9: Survey Research--Part 1: The Art of Asking Questions
Chapter 10: Survey Research--Part 2: Design and Implementation
Chapter 11: Unobtrusive Methods
Chapter 12: Qualitative Research Methods
Appendix A: Working on the Internet
Appendix B: Code of Ethics, American Sociological Association
Appendix C: Tables and Figures
Appendix D: Basic Statistics for Social Researchers