Research Methods in the Social Sciences w/Data Bank CD / Edition 7

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This acclaimed text offers a comprehensive, systematic treatment of the scientific approach to research within the context of the social sciences. It leads students through seven major, interrelated stages of research methods: definition of the research problem, statement of hypothesis, research design, measurement, data collection, data analysis, and generalization.The new edition features a new Data Bank CD and an appendix introducing students to SPSS.

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Describes a comprehensive, systematic treatment of the scientific approach within the context of the social sciences, emphasizing the relationship between theory, research, and practice, and integrating research activities in an orderly framework. Some changes in this edition include a section on using graphics and several new appendices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716755197
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 101,024
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Foundations of Empirical Research
1. The Scientific Approach
2. Conceptual Foundations of Research
3. Basic Elements of Research
4. Ethics in Social Science Research

Part II. Design and Structure of Research
5. Research Designs: Experiments
6. Research Designs: Cross-Sectional and Quasi-Experimental Designs
7. Measurement
8. Sampling and Sampling Designs

Part III. Data Collection
9. Observational Methods
10. Survey Research
11. Questionnaire Construction
12. Qualitative Research
13. Secondary Data Analysis and Sources

Part IV. Data Processing and Analysis
14. Data Preparation and Analysis
15. The Univariate Distribution
16. Bivariate Analysis
17. Control, Elaboration, and Multivariate Analysis
18. Index Construction and Scaling Methods
19. Inferences

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    A few of my classmates and I are struggling with this text used

    A few of my classmates and I are struggling with this text used in our graduate quantitative research course. We are often looking to other sources to get clarity. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2014

    very informative and user-friendly, if not more of a basic cours

    very informative and user-friendly, if not more of a basic course manual for research methods.  However, it is never far from my go-to source of books for quick references on a project.  The authors manage to write the text in everyday prose so even a novice can grab the concepts with enough practice.  

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    So helpful.

    This was the major textbook for a graduate-level research methods class, and it was so helpful. The class moved quickly, and so the relatively compact chapters were extremely helpful. The authors packed a lot of information into the book, but did a pretty good job explaining things.

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