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Practice of Social Research

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Edition:
8th
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9780534504687

ISBN10:
053450468X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/6/1997
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

This thorough revision of Babbie's standard-setting book for the course offers students a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to the field of research methods as practiced by sociologists and other social scientists. Emphasizing the importance of the research process, the book shows students how social scientists design research studies, introduces the variety of observation modes used by sociologists, and covers the "how-tos" and "whys" of social research methods. Students learn how to conduct various types of research, when it is appropriate to use each method, and how to analyze qualitative and quantitative data using the Elaboration Model. The 10th edition provides students with the necessary tools for understanding social research methods and for applying these concepts both inside and outside the classroom--as researchers and as consumers of research. Retaining the authoritative coverage of the research process that has made the book a best-seller, the new edition is more student-friendly than ever. The new edition features a completely new chapter on reading and writing social research, a streamlined organization, a new running glossary, and a new Research Writing and Chapter Tutorial CD-ROM that not only helps students every step of the way in writing research papers, but also links to chapter by chapter online tutorials that will help them master the concepts and techniques of the course.

Table of Contents

Preface xv(5)
Acknowledgments xx(1)
Prologue xxi
Holographic Overview 1(13)
PART 1 AN INTRODUCTION TO INQUIRY 14(72)
1. Human Inquiry and Science
16(25)
2. Paradigms, Theory, and Research
41(27)
3. The Nature of Causation
68(18)
PART 2 THE STRUCTURING OF INQUIRY 86(144)
4. Research Design
88(27)
5. Conceptualization and Measurement
115(23)
6. Operationalization
138(28)
7. Indexes, Scales, and Typologies
166(25)
8. The Logic of Sampling
191(39)
PART 3 MODES OF OBSERVATION 230(126)
9. Experiments
232(22)
10. Survey Research
254(25)
11. Field Research
279(28)
12. Unobtrusive Research
307(26)
13. Evaluation Research
333(23)
PART 4 ANALYSIS OF DATA 356(78)
14. Quantifying Data
358(11)
15. Elementary Analyses
369(19)
16. The Elaboration Model
388(16)
17. Social Statistics
404(30)
PART 5 THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF RESEARCH 434
18. The Ethics and Politics of Social Research
436(21)
19. The Uses of Social Research
457
APPENDIXES A1
A: Using the Library A2
B: Social Research in Cyberspace A8
C: The Research Report A15
D: GSS Household Enumeration Questionnaire A22
E: Random Numbers A32
F: Distribution of Chi Square A34
G: Normal Curve Areas A36
H: Estimated Sampling Error A37
I: A Learner's Guide to SPSS A38
J: Twenty Questions a Journalist Should Ask about Poll Results A139


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