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"If a student researcher had only one handbook on their bookshelf, Miller and Salkind’s Handbook would certainly have to be it. With the updated material, the addition of the section on ethical issues (which is so well done that I’m recommending it to the departmental representative to the university IRB), and a new Part 4 on "Qualitative Methods", the new Handbook is an indispensable resource for researchers."

Dan Cover, Department of Sociology, Furman University

The book considered a "necessity" by many social science researchers and their students has been revised and updated while retaining the features that made it so useful. The emphasis in this new edition is on the tools with which graduate students and more advanced researchers need to become familiar as well as be able to use in order to conduct high quality research.

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Editorial Reviews

Dan Cover
"If a student researcher had only one handbook on their bookshelf, Miller and Salkind's Handbook would certainly have to be it. With the updated material, the addition of the section on ethical issues (which is so well done that I'm recommending it to the departmental representative to the university IRB), and a new Part 4 on qualitative methods, the new Handbook is an indispensable resource for researchers."
Michael L. Vasu
"This book is constantly evolving and for the better! The section on scales and indices and how to find them is one of the best features of this book. The Miller-Salkind book is a treasure in this regard. The section on research grant proposals is the best I have seen in any textbook. In short, this book does a great deal to introduce the student to the practice of the profession of social science."
Jianhong Liu
"A unique and excellent reference tool for all social science researchers, and a good textbook for graduate students and senior year undergraduate classes."
A basic guide for conducting research in the social sciences and in such related fields as journalism, education, and business. Since its first publication in 1964, it has been used as a reference for professionals, and as both a primary and supplementary textbook for college students. The fourth edition came out in 1983. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761920465
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/16/2002
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 808
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

1913-1998: Professor emeritus of sociology and business administration at Indiana University

Neil J. Salkind received his Ph D from the University of Maryland in Human Development. After teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he remains a professor emeritus in the department of psychology and research in education, where he continues to collaborate with colleagues and work with students. His early interests were in the area of children’s cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction to focus on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He has delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations, written more than 100 trade and textbooks, and is the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (SAGE), Theories of Human Development (SAGE), and Exploring Research (Prentice Hall). He has edited several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the recently published Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years and lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he likes to read, swim with the River City Sharks, letterpress print using 1820s technology, bake brownies (see the Excel version of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics for the recipe at http://www.statisticsforpeople.com), and poke around old Volvos and old houses.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Defining the Characteristics of Basic, Applied, and Evaluation Research
1.2 The Orientation and Commitment of The Basic Researcher
1.3 The Orientation and Commitment of the Applied Researcher
1.4 The Orientation And Commitment Of The Evaluation Researcher
1.5 General Readings on Basic, Applied and Evaluation Research
2.1 Basic Guide For The Design Of A Social Research Proposal
2.2 Formulating A Research Problem
2.3 Evaluating Research Studies
2.4 Elements of Research Design
2.5 Choosing a Research Design
2.6 How Science Is Built
Importance of Conceptual Definition and Theory Formulation - G. J. Di Renzo
Assumptions Underlying the Application of the Scientific Method - G. Sjoberg, & R. Nett
Dilemmas of the Researcher and the Distinctiveness of Behavioral Science - A. Kaplan
2.7 The Impact Of Sociological Theory On Empirical Research
Empirical Generalizations in Sociology - R. K. Merton
2.8 Bridging The Gap Between The Languages Of Theory And Research
Causal Inferences in Non-Experimental Research - H. M. Blalock, Jr.
2.9 Criteria for Judging the Usefulness of an Hypotheses
Methods in Social Research - W. J. Goode, & P. K. Hatt
2.10 Science: Simultaneously Observational, Experimental, and Historical
Science: Observational, Experimental, Historical - R. Siever
2.11 Guides for Design, Model Building, and Large-Scale Research
Some Observations on Study Design - S. A. Stouffer
2.12 The Role Of Models In Research Design
2.13 General Considerations Of Research Design
2.14 Factors Jeopardizing Internal And External Validity Of Research Designs
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research - D. T. Campbell, & J. C. Stanley
2.15 Sampling
2.16 A Selected Bibliography On Basic Research and Research Design
3.1 A Rationale for Applied Sociology as it Relates to Policy-Making
3.2 Applied Research Design
3.3 Fitting An Applied Research Design To A Problem
3.4 The Mood Of The Academic Researcher Engaged In Applied Research
3.5 The Application of Successful Applied Research through Policy Analysis
Policy Analysis - R. Haskins
3.6 Bibliography On Applied Sociology, Knowledge Utilization, And Policy-Making
3.7 Evaluation Research As A Process
3.8 Ethical Practices in Research
PART 4. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH - J. Cresswell, & R. C. Maiette
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Systematic Inquiry Approaches
4.3 A Conceptual Overview of Five Inquiry Approaches
4.4 Narrative Research
4.5 Phenomenology
4.6 Grounded Theory Research
4.7 An Ethnography
4.8 The Case Study
4.9 Qualitative Data Analysis Software
4.10 Conclusion
4.11 References
4.12 Qualitative Research Methodology: A New Perspective
The New Frontier in Qualitative Research Methodology - E. W. Eisner
4.13 Further Resources for Qualitative Researchers
5.1 Outline Guide To Situses, Principal Methods, And Techniques Of The Social Science Researcher
5.2 A Review of Print and Online Social Science Research Resources
5.3 United States Bureau of the Census and other Federal Sources of Information
5.4 Fed Stats
5.5 Data Mining through Federal Resources
5.6 General Databases of Bibliographic Material
5.7 Using Search Engines
5.8 Microfiche as an Archival Medium
5.9 Online Computer Library Center
5.10 Documentary Resources Available In The Library
5.11 Guides For Selection And Construction Of Questionnaires
5.12 Techniques For Increasing Response Rates
5.13 Guides For Selection And Use Of Personal Interviews As Utilized In Field Research
5.14 Description of And Instructions For Preparation Of A Telephone Interview Survey
5.15 A Comparison Of Telephone Surveys With Personal Interviews
5.16 Choosing Among The Mail Questionnaire, Personal Interview, And Telephone Survey
5.17 The Panel Technique As A Research Instrument
5.18 Guides For The Selection And Construction Of Social Scales And Indices
5.19 Guide To Databases Of Collected Data For The Social Science Researcher
5.20 Social Science Data Archives in the United States
5.21 Directories Of Social Research Centers
5.22 Important Research Associations And Institutes Affiliated With The International Sociological Association
5.23 A Bibliography Of Methods Guides
5.24 A Comment on the Internet
6.1 Questioning Science
The Impertinent Questioner:The Scientist's Guide to the Statistician's Mind - W. Lurie
6.2 Four Levels Of Measurement And The Statistics Appropriate To Each Level
6.3 The Meaning and Use of Statistical Significance
The Concept of Statistical Significance Testing - B. Thompson
6.4 Summary Of Common Measures Of Association and Group Differences
6.5 An Overview of Measures of Association
6.6 An Overview of Tests of the Difference Between Means
6.7 Causation And Multivariate Analysis: From Univariate And Bivariate Problems to Multivariate Analysis of Social Behavior
6.8 An Overview of Other Statistical Techniques and Examples of Their Application
6.9 Using The Computer In Social Science Research
6.10 Software Applications for the Computer
6.11 A Guide To Computer Periodicals And Other Publications
6.12 A Bibliography Of Statistical Methods
6.13 Contents Of Sociological Methodology 1994 Through 2000
7.1 General Assessment Sources
7.2 Scales Assessing Social Status
7.3 Scales Assessing Group Structure and Dynamics
7.4 Social Indicators
7.5 National Economic Indicators
7.6 Measures of Organizational Structure
7.7 Community
7.8 Social Participation
7.9 Leadership in the Work Organization
7.10 Morale and Job Satisfaction
7.11 Scales of Attitudes, Values, and Norms
7.12 Family and Marriage
7.13 Personality Measurements
7.14 Citations, Focus, and Purpose of Studies Reported in the Past Five Years in the American Journal of Sociology, The American Sociological Review, and Social Psychology Quarterly
7.15 Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes
7.16 The Buros Institute and the Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook
7.17 How Researchers Create Their Own Scales: An Activity of Last Resort
8.1 The Research Grant Proposal
8.2 Research Funding
8.3 Major Sources of Funding Information
8.4 Common Reasons for Rejection of Grant Proposals
8.5 Further Readings on Grantsmanship and Proposal Writing Grantsmanship
8.6 The National Science Foundation (NSF)
8.7 National Institutes of Health (NIH)
8.8 Department of Health and Human Services
8.9 National Institute of Justice
8.10 Federal Government Agencies and Private Organizations Offering Fellowships and Grants
8.11 Sources of Information for Other Fellowships and Grant Opportunities
8.12 Estimating Research Costs
8.13 Research Reporting
8.14 A Guide to Publications
8.15 Where Prestigious Sociologists Publish and Why
8.16 Getting Published
8.17 Professional Memberships and Organizations
8.18 Planning for a Career in the Social Sciences
About the Editors

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