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Real Research
Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use

Second Edition


March 2019 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1: Introduction
What Is Empirical Social Research?  
 
Why Is Research Important?
Methods of Data Collection  
Quantitative and Qualitative Research  
Basic and Applied Research  
The Components of Research  
Reading This Text  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 2: Interviewing
Methodology  
Research Questions  
 
Literature Review
Ethics  
Sampling  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 3: Observation and Ethnography
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Ethics  
Sampling  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 4: Surveys
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 5: Secondary Data Analysis
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 6: Existing Statistics Research
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 7: Content Analysis
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Sampling  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 8: Experiments for Evaluation Research
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Choosing a Study Design  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Check Your Understanding  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 9: Focus Groups
Methodology  
Theory  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
 
Sampling
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Appendix A: Reviewing the Literature
Types of Sources  
Searching the Literature  
Reading Scholarly Articles  
Writing a Literature Review  
Plagiarism  
 
Appendix B: Writing a Research Proposal
Title  
Introduction and Literature Review  
Research Question  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Implications  
Timeline  
Budget  
Style  
Guidelines and Formatting  
A “Seamless Whole”  
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Author
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

• Designed specifically for sociology students, with a balance between basic research (the majority of what students will read in their sociology classes) and applied research (the methods and designs they will use in career settings).
• Each chapter presents a method in its entirety, allowing for maximum flexibility in teaching.
“Real Research Profiles” in every chapter feature former students who use that particular method in their sociology-related career.
"Check Your Understanding" exercises incorporated throughout the chapters encourage students to immediately practice what they have read
Two appendices, one on reviewing the literature and the other on writing research proposals, expose students to useful, practical strategies including how to search online databases for existing literature, how to avoid plagiarizing, how to craft a literature review, and the aim and parts of a good research proposal.


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