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Research Methods in the Social Sciences


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Part I FOUNDATIONS OF EMPIRICAL RESEARCH.- 1 The Scientific Approach.- 2 Conceptual Foundations of Research.- 3 Elements of Research.- 4 Ethics in Social Science Research.- Part II DESIGN AND STRUCTURE OF RESEARCH.- 5 Research Designs: Experiments.- 6 Research Designs: Cross-Sectional and Quasi-Experimental Designs.- 7 Measurement.- 8 Sampling and Sample Designs.- Part III DATA COLLECTION.- 9 Observational Methods.- 10 Survey Research.- 11 Questionnaire Construction.- 12 Qualitative Research.- 13 Secondary Data Analysis and Sources.- Part IV DATA PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS.- 14 Data Preparation and Analysis.- 15 The Univariate Distribution.- 16 Bivariate Analysis.- 17 Control, Elaboration, and Multivariate Analysis.- 18 Index Construction and Scaling Methods.- 19 Inferences.- Appendices.- A Writing Research Reports.- B ?: The Summation Sign.- C Random Digits.- D Areas under the Normal Curve.- E Distribution of t.- F Critical Values of F.- G Distribution of c 2.- Glossary.- Author Index.- Subject Index.

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Chava Frankfort-Nachmias is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. David Nachmias is a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and holds the Romulo Betancourt Chair in Political Science at Tel Aviv University. Jack DeWaard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Graduate Faculty in Population Studies in the Minnesota Population Center at University of Minnesota.

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