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Working with Political Science Research Methods

Working with Political Science Research Methods
Problems and Exercises

Fifth Edition

August 2019 | 160 pages | CQ Press
Practice makes perfect. This new, Fifth Edition of Working with Political Science Research Methods continues to support student learning by offering the perfect opportunity to practice each of the methods presented in the core text. Designed to be paired with the  Political Science Research Methods 9th edition chapter-for-chapter, the workbook breaks out each aspect of the research process into manageable parts and features new exercises and updated data sets. More than half of the book's exercises are new or updated and feature more international examples, greater focus on qualitative research methods, and directly correlates with the text's more condensed layout. A solutions manual with answers to the workbook is available to adopters.

About the Author
Chapter 1 • Introduction: Practice Makes Perfect
Chapter 2 • The Empirical Approach to Political Science
Chapter 3 • Beginning the Research Process: Identifying a Research Topic, Developing Research Questions, and Reviewing the Literature
Chapter 4 • The Building Blocks of Social Scientific Research: Hypotheses, Concepts, Variables, and Measurements
Chapter 5 • Sampling
Chapter 6 • Research Design: Establishing Causation: Making Causal Inferences
Chapter 7 • Qualitative Research: Case Study Designs
Chapter 8 • Making Empirical Observations: Qualitative Analysis
Chapter 9 • Quantitative Research Designs
Chapter 10 • Quantitative Methods
Chapter 11 • Making Sense of Data: First Steps
Chapter 12 • Testing Relationships
Chapter 13 • Analyzing Relationships for Categorical Data
Chapter 14 • Regression


Instructor Resources

A solutions manual with answers to the workbook is available to adopters.

“This workbook provides innovative exercises for students to practice applying the lessons of a standard research methods course to political science questions.  The activities are useful in class, as assignments, or as the basis for an exam, and can launch great discussions on how and why we do research in the field.  I highly recommend this text to all political science research methods instructors.”

Amanda M. Rosen
Webster University

“The textbook does a great job of translating theory into practice.  It is an essential supplement to the textbook that gives students hands-on opportunities to test their understanding of the concepts discussed in the book.”

Ewa Golebiowska
Wayne State University

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Mr Cody Ray Taylor
School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State Univ
April 15, 2024
Key features
  • New exercises and data set
  • Pairs with Political Science Research Methods chapter by chapter and breaks each aspect of the research process into manageable parts
  • A solutions manual with answers to the workbook is available to adopters on

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