Studying Society: The Essentials

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Overview

Studying Society is an introductory undergraduate level textbook which helps students to develop study skills as well as an understanding of the principles of social research and how these principles link to social theory. Studying Society guides students in learning how to formulate questions, look for answers, understand the methods by which information is collected, critically evaluate information sources and communicate the results of their work to others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415355193
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Evans is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. She has taught research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students for the past ten years and was previously a researcher in local government and academia.

Dave King is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. He teaches in the areas of qualitative research methods, the sociology of deviance and gender and sexuality.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Thinking about society 5
2 Thinking about studying 14
3 Academic books and articles 29
4 Official statistics and reports 36
5 The mass media 38
6 Personal experience 45
7 The Internet 50
8 Search strategies 61
9 Search techniques 67
10 Getting the most out of your library and the Internet 81
11 Managing information 89
12 Reading strategies 94
13 Evaluating sources of information 100
14 Quantitative research 109
15 Qualitative research 109
16 Linking theory and research 127
17 Alternative theoretical approaches 135
18 Writing essays 153
19 Writing dissertations 163
20 Writing reports 169
21 Oral presentations 175
22 Communicating using tables and diagrams 179
23 Communicating via the Internet 193
24 Acknowledging the work of others 200
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