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An Introduction to Research, Analysis, and Writing
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An Introduction to Research, Analysis, and Writing
Practical Skills for Social Science Students



© 2016 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This accessible guide walks readers through the process of completing a social science research project. Written specifically to meet the needs of undergraduate research classes, it introduces students to a complete skill set, including: planning, design, analysis, argumentation, criticizing theories, building theories, modeling theories, choosing methods, gathering data, presenting evidence, and writing the final product. Students can use this text as a practical resource to navigate through each stage of the process, including choices between more advanced research techniques. 
 
1. The Way Ahead
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Goals of This Book  
Preview of the Rest of the Book  
Chapter Summary  
 
2. Research Process
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
What is Research?  
What are the Objectives and Products of Research?  
What are the Approaches to Research?  
Project Life Cycle  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  
 
3. Research Ethics and Laws
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
What are Ethics?  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  
 
4. Scoping, Justifying, Designing, Planning
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
Scoping  
The Value of Your Research  
Feasibility  
Developing a Research Question  
Describing, Justifying, Planning, and Proposing the Research  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  
 
5. Reading and Reviewing
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
Sources  
How to Read Efficiently  
Content Analysis  
Reviews  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  
 
6. Analysis
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
What is Analysis?  
Why Do We Analyze?  
How are We Told to Analyze?  
How Should We Analyze?  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  
 
7. Arguing and Explaining
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
Definitions  
Logical Arguments  
True Arguments  
Strong Versus Weak Arguments  
Fallacious Arguments  
Biases  
Dialectic Arguments  
Describing and Critiquing Arguments  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  
 
8. Theorizing and Modeling
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
Theories  
Hypotheses  
Models  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  
 
9. Methods
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
Methods and Methodologies  
Historical Research  
Case Study  
Survey Research  
Direct Observation in the Field  
Experimental Research  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  
 
10. Evidence and Data
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
Observations and Data  
Operationalization  
Measurement  
Classifying Data  
Datasets  
Uses of Data  
Evidence  
Causality and Correlation  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  
 
11. Writing
Learning Objectives and Outcomes  
Opening Vignette  
Planning the Writing of Your Whole Product  
Style  
Structure  
Chapter Summary  
Questions and Exercises  

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources: Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. 

It is a nice general overview of key concepts related to academic research.

Dr Mary Gill
Sch Of Communication Arts, Buena Vista University
March 31, 2016
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • Coverage of the full spectrum of skills include planning, scoping, analysis, argumentation, theory building, modeling theories, methods, gathering data, presenting evidence, and writing.
  • Research in the Real World boxes illustrate the decisions that students would face in real life.
  • Practical Advice boxes guide students throughout the process, from idea to delivery.
  • A complete glossary along with end-of-chapter questions and exercises serve as an excellent resource for content and fact checking.

 


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