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Practice of Social Research

Practice of Social Research - 13th edition

Practice of Social Research - 13th edition

ISBN13: 9781133049791

ISBN10: 1133049796

Practice of Social Research by Earl R. Babbie - ISBN 9781133049791
Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 13TH 13
Copyright: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
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Practice of Social Research by Earl R. Babbie - ISBN 9781133049791

ISBN13: 9781133049791

ISBN10: 1133049796

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 13TH 13

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A straightforward, comprehensive, and approachable guide to research as practiced by social scientists, the Thirteenth Edition of Babbie's ''gold-standard'' text gives you the tools you need to apply research concepts practically, as both a researcher and a consumer. Babbie emphasizes the process by showing you how to design and construct projects, introducing the various observation modes in use today, and answering critical questions about research methods--such as how to conduct online surveys and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data.

Author Bio

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Acknowledgments xxv
Part 1 An Introduction to Inquiry 3
1 Human Inquiry and Science 4
2 Paradigms, Theory, and Social Research 32
3 The Ethics and Politics of Social Research 61
Part 2 The Structuring of Inquiry 85
4 Research Design 86
5 Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement 118
6 Indexes, Scales, and Typologies 150
7 The Logic of Sampling 178
Part 3 Modes of Observation 219
8 Experiments 220
9 Survey Research 242
10 Qualitative Field Research 281
11 Unobtrusive Research 312
12 Evaluation Research 341
Part 4 Analysis of Data 367
13 Qualitative Data Analysis 369
14 Quantitative Data Analysis 395
15 The Elaboration Model 421
16 Social Statistics 440
17 Reading and Writing Social Research 472
Appendixes A1
A Using the Library A2
B GSS Household Enumeration Questionnaire A8
C Random Numbers A18
D Distribution of Chi Square A20
E Normal Curve Areas A22
F Estimated Sampling Error A23
G Twenty Questions a Journalist Should Ask about Poll Results A25

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