9780534620288

The Practice of Social Research (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534620288

  • ISBN10:

    0534620280

  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/6/2003
  • Publisher: 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

Part One: AN INTRODUCTION TO INQUIRY
1. Human Inquiry and Science
2. Paradigms, Theory and Social Research
3. The Ethics and Politics of Social Research
Part Two: THE STRUCTURE OF INQUIRY
4. Research Design
5. Conceptualization, Operationalization and Measurement
6. Indexes, Scales, and Typologies
7. The Logic of Sampling
Part Three: MODES OF OBSERVATION
8. Experiments
9. Survey Research
10. Qualitative Field Research
11. Unobtrusive Measures
12. Evaluation Research
Part Four: ANALYSIS OF DATA
13. Qualitative Data Analysis
14. Elementary Quantitative Analyses
15. The Elaboration Model
16. Social Statistics
17. Reading and Writing Social Research
Appendix A: Using the Library
Appendix B: GSS Household Enumeration Questionnaire
Appendix C: Random Numbers
Appendix D: Distribution of Chi Square
Appendix E: Normal Curve Areas
Appendix F: Estimated Sampling Error
Twenty Questions a Journalist Should Ask about Poll Results

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