The Basics of Social Research / Edition 6

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Overview


This thorough revision of Babbie's standard-setting text presents a succinct, straightforward introduction to the field of research methods as practiced by social scientists. Contemporary examples, such as terrorism, Alzheimer's disease, anti-gay prejudice and education, and the legalization of marijuana, introduce students to the "how-tos" and "whys" of social research methods. With increased emphasis on qualitative research and practical applications, this edition is authoritative yet student-friendly and engaging enough to help students connect the dots between the world of social research and the real world.
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Babbie (Chapman U.) is also author of a lengthier textbook on general methods, , first published in 1975 and now in its 9th edition. was written to provide a shorter textbook on the same subject, with a stronger emphasis on applied research. This second edition includes a chapter on research ethics, revisions of material on qualitative research, inclusion of new software programs for quantitative and qualitative research data analysis, and a greater integration of several computer resources within the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133936770
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 461,648
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.
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Table of Contents


Part I: AN INTRODUCTION TO INQUIRY. 1. Human Inquiry and Science. 2. Paradigms, Theory, and Research. 3. The Ethics and Politics of Social Research. Part II: THE STRUCTURING OF INQUIRY: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE. 4. Research Design. 5. Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement. 6. Indexes, Scales, and Typologies. 7. The Logic of Sampling. Part III: MODES OF OBSERVATION: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE. 8. Experiments. 9. Survey Research. 10. Qualitative Field Research. 11. Unobtrusive Research. 12. Evaluation Research. Part IV: ANALYSIS OF DATA: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE. 13. Qualitative Data Analysis. 14. Quantitative Data Analysis. 15. Reading and Writing Social Research. Appendix A: Using the Library. Appendix B: Random Numbers. Appendix C: Distribution of Chi Square. Appendix D: Normal Curve Areas. Appendix E: Estimated Sampling Error.
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