9780534574918

The Practice of Social Research

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534574918

  • ISBN10:

    0534574912

  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/1/2000
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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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 xvi
Holographic Overview 1(13)
PART 1 An Introduction to Inquiry 14(74)
Human Inquiry and Science
16(25)
Paradigms, Theory, and Social Research
41(27)
The Idea of Causation in Social Research
68(20)
PART 2 The Structure of Inquiry 88(126)
Research Design
90(28)
Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement
118(30)
Indexes, Scales, and Typologies
148(27)
The Logic of Sampling
175(39)
PART 3 Modes of Observation 214(142)
Experiments
216(21)
Survey Research
237(37)
Qualitative Field Research
274(29)
Unobstrusive Measures
303(28)
Evaluation Research
331(25)
PART 4 Analysis of Data 356(110)
Qualitative Data Analysis
358(25)
Quantifying Data
383(13)
Elementary Quantitative Analyses
396(20)
The Elaboration Model
416(18)
Social Statistics
434(32)
PART 5 The Social Context of Research 466
The Ethics and Politics of Social Research
468
The Uses of Social Research
490
Appendixes A1
A Using the Library
A2
B Social Research in Cyberspace
A8
C The Research Report
A16
D GSS Household Enumeration Questionnaire
A23
E Random Numbers
A33
F Distribution of Chi Square
A35
G Normal Curve Areas
A37
H Estimated Sampling Error
A38
I A Learner's Guide to SPSS 8.0
A46
J Twenty Questions a Journalist Should Ask about Poll Results
A75

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