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Investigating the Social World
The Process and Practice of Research

Ninth Edition
Experience with SAGE edge


January 2018 | 720 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
 
PART I: FOUNDATIONS FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
 
CHAPTER 1: SCIENCE, SOCIETY, AND SOCIAL RESEARCH
Learning About the Social World  
Avoiding Errors in Reasoning About the Social World  
Research in the News: Why Doesn't the Internet Reach Everyone?  
Science and Social Science  
Alternative Research Orientations  
Strengths and Limitations of Social Research  
 
CHAPTER 2: THE PROCESS AND PROBLEMS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
Social Research Questions  
Social Theories  
Social Research Foundations  
Social Research Strategies  
Research in the News: Control and Fear: What Mass Killings and Domestic Violence Have in Common  
Social Research Organization  
Social Research Standards  
 
CHAPTER 3: RESEARCH ETHICS AND RESEARCH PROPOSALS
Historical Background  
Ethical Principles  
The Institutional Review Board  
Research in the News: What Would an IRB Say?  
Social Research Proposals  
Case Study: Evaluating a Public Health Program  
 
PART II: FUNDAMENTALS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
 
CHAPTER 4: CONCEPTUALIZATION AND MEASUREMENT
Concepts  
Research in the News: What is Your Race?  
From Concepts to Indicators  
From Observations to Concepts  
Measurement  
Levels of Measurement  
Evaluating Measures  
 
CHAPTER 5: SAMPLING
Sample Planning  
Research in the News: What Are Best Practices for Sampling Vulnerable Populations?  
Sampling Methods  
Sampling Distributions  
 
CHAPTER 6: RESEARCH DESIGN AND CAUSATION
Research Design Alternatives  
Research in the News: How to Reduce Crime  
Criteria and Cautions for Nomothetic Causal Explanations  
Comparing Research Designs  
 
PART III: BASIC SOCIAL RESEARCH DESIGNS
 
CHAPTER 7: EXPERIMENTS
History of Experimentation  
True Experiments  
Research in the News: Where Did You Hear That?  
Quasi-Experiments  
Validity in Experiments  
Ethical Issues in Experimental Research  
CHAPTER 8: SURVEY RESEARCH  
Survey Research in the Social Sciences  
Writing Survey Questions  
Combining Questions in Indexes  
Designing Questionnaires  
Research in the News: What Can Surveys Uncover?  
Organizing Surveys  
Ethical Issues in Survey Research  
 
CHAPTER 9: QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS
Introducing Statistics  
Case Study: The Likelihood of Voting  
Preparing Data for Analysis  
Displaying Univariate Distributions  
Summarizing Univariate Distributions  
Research in the News: General Social Survey Shows Infidelity on the Rise  
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics  
Cross-Tabulating Variables  
Regression Analysis  
Performing Meta-Analyses  
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie About Relationships  
 
CHAPTER 10: QUALITATIVE METHODS
Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods  
Participant Observation  
Research in the News: Can Taping Interviews Capture a Trend?  
Intensive Interviewing  
Interviewing Online  
Focus Groups  
Generalizability in Qualitative Research  
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research  
 
CHAPTER 11: QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS
Features of Qualitative Data Analysis  
Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis  
Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis  
Research in the News: What’s in a Message?  
Visual Sociology  
Systematic Observation  
Participatory Action Research  
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis  
Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis  
PART IV: ADVANCED SOCIAL RESEARCH DESIGNS  
 
CHAPTER 12: MIXED METHODS
History of Mixed Methods  
Philosophy of Mixed Methods  
Types of Mixed Methods  
Strengths and Limitations of Mixed Methods  
Research in the News: What Came First, the Alleged Cause or the Effect?  
Ethics and Mixed Models  
 
CHAPTER 13: EVALUATION AND POLICY RESEARCH
History of Evaluation Research  
Evaluation Basics  
Questions for Evaluation Research  
Research in the News: What Motivates Policy Shifts?  
Design Decisions  
Policy Research  
Ethics in Evaluation  
 
CHAPTER 14: RESEARCH USING SECONDARY DATA AND "BIG" DATA
Secondary Data Sources  
Research in the News: Long-Term Impact; How Can Research Make the Connection?  
Challenges for Secondary Data Analyses  
Big Data  
Ethical Issues in Secondary Data Analysis and Big Data  
 
CHAPTER 15: RESEARCH USING HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE DATA ANALYSIS
Overview of Historical and Comparative Research Methods  
Historical Social Science Methods  
Comparative Social Science Methods  
Research in the News: Can We Compare Equality on the Board Across the Globe?  
Demographic Analysis  
Content Analysis  
Ethical Issues in Historical and Comparative Research and Content Analysis  
 
CHAPTER 16: SUMMARIZING AND REPORTING RESEARCH
Writing Research  
Displaying Research  
Reporting Research  
Research in the News: How Much Should Social Scientists Report?  
Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports  
 
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