Social research methods, 4th ed 2000

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For courses in Social Research Methods, in departments of Psychology, Sociology, or Social Work.
Written in a simple, clear, and lively writing style, this text offers an interdisciplinary balance between experimental and non-experimental methods, organizes all material around the core concept of validity, and incorporates an appropriate amount and level of self-contained coverage of basic statistics.

I. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL RESEARCH.

1. The Logic of Social Research: Ruling Out Rival Hypotheses.
2. Ethics: Protecting Human Subjects and Research Integrity.
3. Finding, Using, and Writing Research Reports: Library Usage and Report Style.

II. THEORY AND MEASUREMENT (CONSTRUCT VALIDITY).

4. Theory: Tentative Explanations.
5. Measurement Theory: Toward Validity and Reliability.
6. Types of Measures: Finding and Using Them.

III. SAMPLING: SURVEYS AND INFERENCE (STATISTICAL INFERENCE VALIDITY).

7. Survey Data Collection: Issues and Methods in Sample Surveys.
8. Inferential Statistics: Drawing Valid Conclusions from Samples.

IV. EXPERIMENTAL AND NONEXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS (INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL VALIDITY).

9. Designing Research for Internal Validity.
10. True Experimentation: External Validity and Experimental Construct Validity.
11. Quasi-Experimentation: When Multiple Groups and Random Assignment Are Not Possible.
12. Correlational Methods: Controlling Rival Explanations Statistically.
13. Qualitative Research: Participant Observation.

V. DRAWING CONCLUSIONS.

14. Interpreting Research: Overview of Research Design and Review Methods.
15. Applied Social Research.

Appendix A: Social Research and the Internet.
Appendix B: Statistics Review.
Glossary.
References.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

  • New - Chapter-length appendix - Covers the World Wide Web as a digital library and as a virtual laboratory with electronic access to grant resources, human subject forms, measurement tools, and data, and as an electronic publication outlet with discussion of Web page authoring and copyright issues.- Provides students with access to article abstracts and text journals.
  • New - Web Sites section in each chapter - Suggests interesting sites related to the content of each chapter. - Updates instructors with new ways the Internet can be used in research. Provides students with a host of Web site addresses or URLs that can be explored as a supplement to the text.
  • New - 100 new references - Fine tunes and updates the text with new material yet retains the length o