Practice of Social Research

ISBN-10: 0534620280

ISBN-13: 9780534620288

Edition: 10th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Earl R. Babbie

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This thorough revision of Babbie's standard-setting book for the course offers students a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to the field of research methods as practiced by sociologists and other social scientists. Emphasizing the importance of the research process, the book shows students how social scientists design research studies, introduces the variety of observation modes used by sociologists, and covers the "how-tos" and "whys" of social research methods. Students learn how to conduct various types of research, when it is appropriate to use each method, and how to analyze qualitative and quantitative data using the Elaboration Model. The 10th edition provides students with the necessary tools for understanding social research methods and for applying these concepts both inside and outside the classroom--as researchers and as consumers of research. Retaining the authoritative coverage of the research process that has made the book a best-seller, the new edition is more student-friendly than ever. The new edition features a completely new chapter on reading and writing social research, a streamlined organization, a new running glossary, and a new Research Writing and Chapter Tutorial CD-ROM that not only helps students every step of the way in writing research papers, but also links to chapter by chapter online tutorials that will help them master the concepts and techniques of the course.
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List price: $149.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/6/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 640
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.574
Language: English

Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
An Introduction to Inquiryp. 3
Human Inquiry and Sciencep. 4
Paradigms, Theory, and Social Researchp. 32
The Ethics and Politics of Social Researchp. 61
The Structuring of Inquiryp. 85
Research Designp. 86
Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurementp. 118
Indexes, Scales, and Typologiesp. 150
The Logic of Samplingp. 178
Modes of Observationp. 219
Experimentsp. 220
Survey Researchp. 242
Qualitative Field Researchp. 281
Unobtrusive Researchp. 312
Evaluation Researchp. 341
Analysis of Datap. 367
Qualitative Data Analysisp. 369
Quantitative Data Analysisp. 395
The Elaboration Modelp. 421
Social Statisticsp. 440
Reading and Writing Social Researchp. 472
Appendixesp. A1
Using the Libraryp. A2
GSS Household Enumeration Questionnairep. A8
Random Numbersp. A18
Distribution of Chi Squarep. A20
Normal Curve Areasp. A22
Estimated Sampling Errorp. A23
Twenty Questions a Journalist Should Ask about Poll Resultsp. A25
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