Essentials of Political Research

ISBN-10: 0813368669
ISBN-13: 9780813368665
Edition: 2000 (Revised)
Authors: Alan D. Monroe
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Description: Concentrating on the basics of what a student need to know how to do to be an effective consumer of scientific research and begin to conduct his or her own research projects, this text includes numerous examples and exercises.

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 9/12/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Concentrating on the basics of what a student need to know how to do to be an effective consumer of scientific research and begin to conduct his or her own research projects, this text includes numerous examples and exercises.

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
The Scientific Study of Research Questions
What Does It Mean to Be Scientific?
Distinguishing Empirical and Normative Questions
Reformulating Normative Questions as Empirical
Research Questions
The Scientific Research Process
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercises
Building Blocks of the Research Process
Theories, Hypotheses, and Operational Definitions: An Overview
Types of Hypotheses
Theoretical Role
Units of Analysis
Operational Definitions
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercises
Research Design
The Concept of Causality
Types of Research Design
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercises
Published Data Sources
The Internet as Data Source
The Importance of Units of Analysis
Strategies for Finding Data Sources
Some General Data Sources
Demographic Data
Political and Governmental Data for Nations
Data on U.S. Government and Politics
Survey Data
Content Analysis
Steps in Content Analysis
Issues in Content Analysis
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercises
Survey Research
Sampling
Interviewing
Writing Survey Items
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercises
Statistics: An Introduction
Levels of Measurement
Univariate Statistics
The Concept of Relationship
Multivariate Statistics
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercises
Graphic Display of Data
Graphics for Univariate Distributions
Graphics for Multivariate Relationships
How Not to Lie with Graphics
The Need for Standardization
Principles for Good Graphics
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercise A
Nominal and Ordinal Statistics
Correlations for Nominal Variables
Correlations for Ordinal Variables
Chi-Square: A Significance Test
Additional Correlations for Nominal Variables
Interpreting Contingency Tables Using Statistics
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercises
Interval Statistics
The Regression Line
Pearson's r
Nonlinear Relationships
Relationships Between Interval and Nominal Variables
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercises
Multivariate Statistics
Controlling with Contingency Tables
What Can Happen When You Control
Controlling with Interval Variables: Partial Correlations
The Multiple Correlation
Significance Test for R[superscript 2]
Beta Weights
Causal Interpretation
Exercises
Suggested Answers to Exercises
References
Index

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