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Investigating the Social World

Investigating the Social World
The Process and Practice of Research

Tenth Edition
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November 2022 | 712 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Recipient of the 2024 Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) McGuffey Longevity Award  
This award recognizes textbooks and learning materials that have demonstrated excellence over time.

The Tenth Edition of the bestselling Investigating the Social World provides students with the critical skills necessary to evaluate research and to carry out their own research. Each chapter integrates instruction in the various core research methods with investigation of interesting aspects of the social world. The book has always sought to communicate the excitement of social research and the importance of carefully evaluating the methods we use in that research. 

This edition also includes updated coverage of each research method and features many new examples reflecting research on the key issues we have experienced since 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of social justice movements, and threats to democracy. It also includes exercises based on the 2020 General Social Survey dataset. This textbook is also available in SAGE's Vantage platform for the first time.

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Section I. Foundations for Social Research
1. Science, Society, and Social Research
2. The Process and Problems of Social Research
3. Research Ethics and Research Proposals
Section II. Fundamentals of Social Research
4. Conceptualization and Measurement
5. Sampling and Generalizability
6. Research Design and Causation
Section III. Basic Social Research Designs
7. Experiments
8. Survey Research
9. Quantitative Data Analysis
10. Qualitative Methods
11. Qualitative Data Analysis
Section IV. Complex Social Research Designs
12. Mixed Methods
13. Evaluation and Policy Research
14. Research Using Secondary Data and “Big” Data
15. Research Using Historical and Comparative Data and Content Analysis
16. Summarizing and Reporting Research


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I appreciate the layout of content in the new edition and the updated visual aid on hot topics (e.g., ethics in the social sciences). I have used this book in its 6th edition for 3 years now. I specifically like the mixed-method addition, the use of secondary data, the inclusion of how to ask questions in the appendix, and updates to contemporary events in our social world. These guidelines are useful in my undergraduate course, as students are tasked with formative assessments related to research methods.

Ms Vanessa Jesenia Gutierrez
Sociology Dept, John Jay College
March 30, 2023
Key features
  • The new edition is available as a digital option in SAGE Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality SAGE textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Learn more.
  • Updated examples of social research in real-world settings reflect the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, threats to democracy, online social connections, and more.
  • The latest advances in research methods are integrated into the text with over 80 new research articles and 17 new books cited on latest developments and current events. New coverage includes emphasis on culturally responsive research ethics, increased attention to systematic literature reviews and the latest advances in respondent-drive sampling and the challenges of the 2020 U.S. Census. New guidance has been added on the on visual ethnography, coding qualitative data, while the coverage of Big Data has been expanded.
  • Exercises have been updated and those involving IBM SPSS® software have been revised for use with the 2020 General Social Survey (GSS) data set.
  • Every chapter contains updated tables and figures.
  • Learning objectives have been added to the start of each chapter, all adhering to Bloom's Taxonomy of objectives and including a mix of both lower-level and higher-level cognitive skills.
  • New contemporary research examples introduce every chapter and illustrate the application of methods in that chapter.
  • A "Research in the News" story with discussion questions is featured in every chapter.
  • End-of-Chapter pedagogy includes chapter summaries and updated discussion questions.
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