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Encyclopedia of Research Design

Encyclopedia of Research Design

Three Volume Set
Edited by:

June 2010 | 1 776 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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Research design can be daunting for all types of researchers. At its heart it might be described as a formalized approach toward problem solving, thinking, and acquiring knowledge—the success of which depends upon clearly defined objectives and appropriate choice of statistical tools, tests, and analysis to meet a project's objectives.

Comprising more than 500 entries, the Encyclopedia of Research Design explains how to make decisions about research design, undertake research projects in an ethical manner, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results. Two additional features carry this encyclopedia far above other works in the field: bibliographic entries devoted to significant articles in the history of research design and reviews of contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures, used to analyze results.

Key Features

  • Covers the spectrum of research design strategies, from material presented in introductory classes to topics necessary in graduate research
  • Addresses cross- and multidisciplinary research needs, with many examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciences
  • Provides summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used strategies
  • Uses hundreds of sample tables, figures, and equations based on real-life cases
Key Themes

Descriptive Statistics


Graphical Displays of Data

Hypothesis Testing

Important Publications

Inferential Statistics

Item Response Theory

Mathematical Concepts

Measurement Concepts



Qualitative Research

Reliability of Scores

Research Design Concepts

Research Designs

Research Ethics

Research Process

Research Validity Issues



Software Applications

Statistical Assumptions

Statistical Concepts

Statistical Procedures

Statistical Tests

Theories, Laws, and Principles

Types of Variables

Validity of Scores

The Encyclopedia of Research Design is the perfect instrument for new learners as well as experienced researchers to explore both the original and newest branches of the field.

"....The two things that make this work distinctive are the inclusion of reviews of 15 seminal articles in the field... and reviews of 11 popular research tools.... Entry length was purposely set based on the editors' judgment of each topic's importance.... Bottom line Essential for academic libraries, this is one of a handful of resources that covers such a broad spectrum of research designs. It will also be a useful addition to public library collections..." (starred review)

Sarah Sutton
Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi
Library Journal

"SAGE is to be congratulated for creating an encyclopedia that brings all of this information together and serves multiple needs. Serious researchers will be grateful to have a reference that serves as a practical and useful tool.... Less experienced researchers will be happy to have quick and easy access to definitions of basic concepts and design methods. Four-year college and university libraries are the obvious audience for the  Encyclopedia of Research Design, but individual researchers will also benefit from having it on their personal shelves."-Against the Grain

Against the Grain
Against the Grain November 2010

"The content is well illustrated when appropriate, and the articles are clear and well written. Most academic and larger public libraries should acquire this modestly priced, valuable reference set. No recent similar sources are available. Summing Up: Highly recommended. *** Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."

Key features
  • This set addresses issues of research design within the experimental sciences broadly speaking, particularly the social/behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciences.
  • Entries provide summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used designs, along with illustrations using real-life examples.
  • Two topics set this work apart from similar works:  a review of important research articles that are seminal in the field and helped to determine the direction, and a review of popular tools (such as software) used to analyze results.
  • Over 500 signed entries organized A-to-Z are available both in print and electronic formats for ease of access and use.
  • Cross-references and suggested readings at the end of each entry, along with an annotated selected bibliography, guide users to additional resources.

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ISBN: 9781412961271

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