The Basics of Social Research

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2010 - Social Science - 576 pages
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This thorough revision of Babbie's standard-setting book offers students a succinct, straightforward introduction to the field of research methods as practiced by social scientists. Contemporary examples such as terrorism, Alzheimer's disease, anti-gay prejudice and education, and the legalization of marijuana make this Fifth Edition thoroughly fascinating as it introduces students to the how-tos and whys of social research methods. The book's qualitative coverage combined with its already strong quantitative material makes this new edition Babbie's best yet. Babbie, long respected in the field and renowned for his engaging and friendly writing style, gives students the tools they need for understanding social research methods and for applying these concepts both inside and outside the classroom as researchers and as consumers of research. With increased emphasis on qualitative research and practical applications, this Fifth Edition is authoritative yet student-friendly . . . and engaging enough to help students connect the dots between the world of social research and the real world.
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Contents

Human Inquiry and Science
1
Paradigms Theory and Research
31
The Ethics and Politics of Social Research
64
Research Design
92
Conceptualization Operationalization and Measurement
128
Indexes Scales and Typologies
167
The Logic of Sampling
201
Experiments
245
Evaluation Research
387
Qualitative Data Analysis
418
Quantitative Data Analysis
447
Reading and Writing Social Research
475
Appendixes
503
Glossary
519
References
531
Credits
542

Survey Research
268
Qualitative Field Research
313
Unobtrusive Research
354

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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 and THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

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