9781429233002

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

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    9781429233002

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    1429233001

  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/17/2014
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers

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Summary

With its clear presentation and integration of detailed real-world examples, the acclaimed Research Methods in the Social Sciences accessibly illustrates the relevance of social sciences research without sacrificing key content. The eighth edition includes engaging new studies and examples that explore the use of Twitter feeds in social sciences research, the effect of climate change on human conflict, the use of rational intuition in explaining the Chelyabinsk meteor explosion, and much more. The eighth edition also includes new and expanded coverage of conducting qualitative research, as well as conducting research in our digital age, including the use of the Internet and various computer software packages for retrieving, cleaning, coding, and analyzing "big data."

Table of Contents

Part I FOUNDATIONS OF EMPIRICAL RESEARCH

1 The Scientific Approach

2 Conceptual Foundations of Research

3 Elements of Research

4 Ethics in Social Science Research

Part II DESIGN AND STRUCTURE OF RESEARCH

5 Research Designs: Experiments

6 Research Designs: Cross-Sectional and Quasi-Experimental Designs

7 Measurement

8 Sampling and Sample Designs

Part III DATA COLLECTION

9 Observational Methods

10 Survey Research

11 Questionnaire Construction

12 Qualitative Research

13 Secondary Data Analysis and Sources

Part IV DATA PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS

14 Data Preparation and Analysis

15 The Univariate Distribution

16 Bivariate Analysis

17 Control, Elaboration, and Multivariate Analysis

18 Index Construction and Scaling Methods

19 Inferences

Appendices

A Writing Research Reports

B ∑: The Summation Sign

C Random Digits

D Areas under the Normal Curve

E Distribution of t

F Critical Values of F

G Distribution of c 2


Glossary

Author Index

Subject Index

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