Information Technology For The Social Scientist

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Overview

Accessible and practical overview to help social reseachers make the most of information technology in relation to research design and selection, management and analysis of research data. The book pinpoints current and future trends in computer-assisted methods.; This book is intended for postgraduate and undergraduate social research methods courses and professional social researchers in sociology, social policy and administration, social psychology and geography. Particular appeal to courses in computer applications for social scientists.

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Each chapter reviews the state of the art in the application of information technology to the work of social scientists, with information on desktop tools, on-line services and CD-ROM, computer- assisted personal interviewing in survey research, statistical software packages, databases, using computers in ethnographic fieldwork, model building, expert systems, geographical computing, and computer simulation to study social phenomena. Includes a glossary. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857282818
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Series: Social Science Today Ser. , #7
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
1 Information technology for the social scientist: an introduction 1
2 Desktop tools for the social scientist 14
3 On-line services and CD-ROM 33
4 Computer assisted personal interviewing in survey research 52
5 Statistical software packages 72
6 Databases for ordering and referencing information 91
7 Using computers in ethnographic fieldwork 110
8 Computer assistance, qualitative analysis and model building 129
9 Using information technology to analyze newspaper content 147
10 Expert systems for the social scientist 169
11 Geographical computing for social scientists 189
12 Using computer simulation to study social phenomena 208
Glossary 221
Index 225
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