The Practice of Social Research / Edition 13

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Overview

In this edition of the most comprehensive, authoritative research methods text on the market, Earl Babbie offers the most cutting-edge and thorough revision ever. The new edition retains the strengths that made it the best-selling text in the market while seamlessly integrating qualitative material throughout and adding an additional chapter on Qualitative Data Analysis (13). The book is known for being straightforward, with a broad set of topics. It has great illustrations, comprehensive overviews, detailed discussions, brief outlines, and a concrete, well-defined chapter structure. Its reputation for being very readable continues through its use of minimum jargon and math, along with use of humor throughout.

Content includes and emphasizes the important of problem-solving and decision-making, the links between statistics and research methods, and the use of computers in social research. Includes current research examples and illustrations from such recent topics as welfare and poverty, gender issues, affirmative action, the AIDS epidemic, and more.

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"Babbie is the foundational text that all other Research Methods texts are compared to."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133049791
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 83,747
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (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 bestseller THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.
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Table of Contents

Preface xv
Acknowledgments xxv
Part 1 An Introduction to Inquiry 3
1 Human Inquiry and Science 4
2 Paradigms, Theory, and Social Research 32
3 The Ethics and Politics of Social Research 61
Part 2 The Structuring of Inquiry 85
4 Research Design 86
5 Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement 118
6 Indexes, Scales, and Typologies 150
7 The Logic of Sampling 178
Part 3 Modes of Observation 219
8 Experiments 220
9 Survey Research 242
10 Qualitative Field Research 281
11 Unobtrusive Research 312
12 Evaluation Research 341
Part 4 Analysis of Data 367
13 Qualitative Data Analysis 369
14 Quantitative Data Analysis 395
15 The Elaboration Model 421
16 Social Statistics 440
17 Reading and Writing Social Research 472
Appendixes A1
A Using the Library A2
B GSS Household Enumeration Questionnaire A8
C Random Numbers A18
D Distribution of Chi Square A20
E Normal Curve Areas A22
F Estimated Sampling Error A23
G Twenty Questions a Journalist Should Ask about Poll Results A25
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