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This text/software package walks students through the entire research process, giving them hands-on experience in research methods. Each chapter begins with an explanation of methodologies used in political science, followed by a worksheet section where students apply what they have learned.
Acknowledgements. Getting Started. 1. A Brief Overview of Research Methods in Political Science. 2. Measurement I: The Basic Ideas. 3. Measurement II: Types of Data. 4. Variables, Variation, and Explanation. 5. Hypotheses. 6. Sampling. 7. Data Preparation and Entry. 8. Descriptive Statistics. 9. How to Read a Cross-tabulation. 10. Tests of Statistical Significance and Measures of Association. 11. Bivariate Analysis Using ANOVA. 12. Cross-tabulation and Statistics: Controlling for a Third Variable. 13. Correlation and Regression. 14. The Overall Process. Appendices. A. Independent Projects. B. Senators Data. C. Variable Names and Sources. Glossary.