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Written in accessible style and with a clear structure, Social Research Methods, Fourth edition brings social research to life for students, using both theory and practical examples to illustrate the relevance of research methods in their future careers.

Social Research Methods, 4th Edition

Social Research Methods, Fourth Edition, is designed for students at the beginning of their journey in social research. The text guides students through all the steps of the research process, from formulating a question to writing up their report. Written by a team of active research practitioners, the text encourages students to develop a set of practical research skills in line with contemporary Australian and New Zealand social research practices. Using both theory and practical examples to illustrate the relevance of research methods in their future careers, Social Research Methods equips students with the tools required to develop a clear understanding of the nature of research and to gain an appreciation of the wide range of methods available. Australian and New Zealand-specific case studies are used liberally throughout the text to provide direct examples of how the methods are employed within the social sciences. Social Research Methods aims to inspire students to continue their engagement with social research by presenting the requisite introductory skills within a framework of exciting, up-to-date, relevant research.

A very good overview of a wide range of theory, frameworks and methods, supported nicely by good practical advice and examples. The extensive content is more than is needed for our teaching programme, but is nevertheless a great resource for students (Masters or PhD) who are considering use of qualitative methods in their research.

Fully revised and updated, Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process 5th edition bridges the gap between theory and methods in social research and clearly illuminates these essential components for understanding the dynamics of social relations.

The book is divided into three parts. Part One examines the issues and perspectives in social research, Part Two discusses the methods and Part Three is devoted to reflections on the process of research. Updates to this edition include:

The authors aim to support and inspire, with a clear and accessible writing style that enables students to identify the key issues in social research and how to successfully navigate them. Social Research 5e is the ideal companion to social research for students across the social sciences and for academics and practitioners wishing to remain well-informed on key developments in the field.

This is a recent update to the textbook many librarians used in graduate school. The latest edition contains commentary on contemporary issues and new learning objectives for each chapter, in addition to clearly-written and engaging essays on understanding and performing qualitative and quantitative research.

This accessible guide covers both philosophical and practical issues regarding social research. The book is designed to help the researcher with limited time choose strategies, collect data, and analyze data.

As a professor of graduate research in social work, the author found that his students had difficulty understanding the research methods texts he assigned. Glicken therefore wrote this guide to be comprehensible to everyone interested in research.

Social Research concisely describes each phase of the research process using real-world examples and humorous vignettes to aid in understanding complex concepts. Starting with a discussion of why research is done in the social sciences, the author then explains how to choose a research problem and walks the reader through the proposal process. Later chapters describe and explain research instruments, qualitative research design and quantitative research design, the literature search, statistical analysis, ethics in research, and writing the report. Written and tested as a textbook, each chapter is followed by review questions and a list of references.

Doing Research in the Real World is a well-written introduction to research methods, whether for people doing research in the workplace, students writing theses and dissertations, or people writing journal articles.

The first three chapters should be read by everyone, and later chapters on specific methods can be read as needed. Chapter one covers the deductive and inductive process. Chapter two summarizes the philosophical underpinnings of the various research methodologies. Chapter three discusses selecting and planning a research project, including helpful tips on types of topics to avoid and writing a research proposal. Succeeding sections of the book cover research methods, data collection tools, analysis, report writing, and action research. Ethical issues are mentioned throughout the text.

Hammond and Wellington aim their book at undergraduate and graduate students undertaking social research for the first time; alternatively, librarians and other professionals will find the book useful. The book comprises an extensive series of key concepts arranged in alphabetical order, among them: action research, grounded theory, surveys, and writing for audiences. Each key concept is defined and contextualized to show what part it can play in a research project. Citations provide the reader examples of classic and contemporary research studies exemplifying each key concept. Hammond and Wellington are careful to inform the beginning researcher regarding limitations of certain research approaches. The convenient dictionary-style format makes it easy for the reader to access information at point-of-need as well as explore unfamiliar concepts.

This text examines the fundamentals of solving a scientific research problem, focusing on the relationship between the problem and the research design. This edition includes information about computer statistical software, multivariate statistics, research ethics, and writing research reports in APA style. This book is ideal for graduate students in that it covers statistics, research methodology, and measurement all in one volume. This is a book that graduate students will keep as a reference throughout their careers.

The 6th edition of this handbook addresses all areas of social science research and would make an excellent text for any overview course in this area. Comprehensive in scope, it addresses most of the aspects of understanding behavioral or organizational research, applied and evaluation research, and qualitative research. It also deals with issues such as study design, data collection, research resources, and analysis. Particularly useful are the sections regarding such fundamental issues as research proposals and ethics.

Each section includes many examples and an extensive list of resources. This volume may not be practical for the casual reader or practitioner in a hurry; it is so broad in scope that it would be most useful for someone with a serious academic interest in social sciences research.

Neuman presents an updated edition of his popular textbook, Social Research Methods. This book is really meant for use in an undergraduate or beginning graduate class. It introduces readers to social research generally, including discussions of theory and basic methodologies. The remainder of the book has basic information on developing research questions, a literature review, and quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods. The book provides definitions and some excellent examples throughout, especially of good research questions and an example of effective literature reviews.

The book would be useful to librarians who want a very general introduction to the broad sweep of social science research. Consulting the chapters on literature reviews and measurement, for example, might be useful at the beginning of a research project. The book does read like a textbook, however, and is less effective in its entirety. For more detailed and practical treatments of various qualitative and quantitative research methods, books focused on those areas alone are likely more useful.

A thorough guide to the history, issues, and debates regarding social research and its methodologies, written by experts in the field. Though not a how-to handbook, this collection of essays may be useful to the researcher who seeks to understand the philosophies behind certain modes of inquiry.

(This review is of the 4th edition) The strongest feature of Understanding Research Methods is its explanation of research methods. Each topic is explained in two pages, and each topic ends in a three part exercise. The topics are organized under seven categories: introduction to research methods, reviewing literature, sampling, measurement, experimental design, understanding statistics, and effect size and meta-analysis. 041b061a72


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