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Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement

Sixth Edition
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March 2002 | 808 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
PART 1.UNDERSTANDING BASIC, APPLIED, AND EVALUATION RESEARCH
 
1.1 Defining the Characteristics of Basic, Applied, and Evaluation Research
 
1.2 The Orientation and Commitment of The Basic Researcher
 
1.3 The Orientation and Commitment of the Applied Researcher
 
1.4 The Orientation And Commitment Of The Evaluation Researcher
 
1.5 General Readings on Basic, Applied and Evaluation Research
 
PART 2: BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN
 
2.1 Basic Guide For The Design Of A Social Research Proposal
 
2.2 Formulating A Research Problem
 
2.3 Evaluating Research Studies
 
2.4 Elements of Research Design
 
2.5 Choosing a Research Design
 
2.6 How Science Is Built
Importance of Conceptual Definition and Theory Formulation

G. J. DiRenzo
Assumptions Underlying the Application of the Scientific Method

G. Sjoberg, & R. Nett
A. Kaplan
Dilemmas of the Researcher and the Distinctiveness of Behavioral Science
 
2.7 The Impact Of Sociological Theory On Empirical Research
Empirical Generalizations in Sociology

R. K. Merton
 
2.8 Bridging The Gap Between The Languages Of Theory And Research
Causal Inferences in Non-Experimental Research

H. M. Blalock, Jr.
 
2.9 Criteria for Judging the Usefulness of an Hypotheses
Methods in Social Research

W. J. Goode, & P. K. Hatt
 
2.10 Science: Simultaneously Observational, Experimental, and Historical
Science: Observational, Experimental, Historical

R. Siever
 
2.11 Guides for Design, Model Building, and Large-Scale Research
Some Observations on Study Design

S. A. Stouffer
 
2.12 The Role Of Models In Research Design
 
2.13 General Considerations Of Research Design
 
2.14 Factors Jeopardizing Internal And External Validity Of Research Designs
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research

D. T. Campbell, & J. C. Stanley
 
2.15 Sampling
 
2.16 A Selected Bibliography On Basic Research and Research Design
 
Part 3. APPLIED AND EVALUATION RESEARCH
 
3.1 A Rationale for Applied Sociology as it Relates to Policy-Making
 
3.2 Applied Research Design
 
3.3 Fitting An Applied Research Design To A Problem
 
3.4 The Mood Of The Academic Researcher Engaged In Applied Research
 
3.5 The Application of Successful Applied Research through Policy Analysis
Policy Analysis

R. Haskins
 
3.6 Bibliography On Applied Sociology, Knowledge Utilization, And Policy-Making
 
3.7 Evaluation Research As A Process
 
3.8 Ethical Practices in Research
J. Cresswell, & R. C. Maiette
PART 4. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
 
4.1 Introduction
 
4.2 Systematic Inquiry Approaches
 
4.3 A Conceptual Overview of Five Inquiry Approaches
 
4.4 Narrative Research
 
4.5 Phenomenology
 
4.6 Grounded Theory Research
 
4.7 An Ethnography
 
4.8 The Case Study
 
4.9 Qualitative Data Analysis Software
 
4.10 Conclusion
 
4.11 References
 
4.12 Qualitative Research Methodology: A New Perspective
The New Frontier in Qualitative Research Methodology

E. W. Eisner
 
4.13 Further Resources for Qualitative Researchers
 
PART V GUIDES TO METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF COLLECTING DATA IN LIBRARY, FIELD, AND LABORATORY SETTINGS: SOCIAL SCIENCE DATA LIBRARIES AND RESEARCH CENTERS
 
5.1 Outline Guide To Situses, Principal Methods, And Techniques Of The Social Science Researcher
 
5.2 A Review of Print and Online Social Science Research Resources
 
5.3 United States Bureau of the Census and other Federal Sources of Information
 
5.4 FedStats
 
5.5 Data Mining through Federal Resources
 
5.6 General Databases of Bibliographic Material
 
5.7 Using Search Engines
 
5.8 Microfiche as an Archival Medium
 
5.9 Online Computer Library Center
 
5.10 Documentary Resources Available In The Library
 
5.11 Guides For Selection And Construction Of Questionnaires
 
5.12 Techniques For Increasing Response Rates
 
5.13 Guides For Selection And Use Of Personal Interviews As Utilized In Field Research
 
5.14 Description of And Instructions For Preparation Of A Telephone Interview Survey
 
5.15 A Comparison Of Telephone Surveys With Personal Interviews
 
5.16 Choosing Among The Mail Questionnaire, Personal Interview, And Telephone Survey
 
5.17 The Panel Technique As A Research Instrument
 
5.18 Guides For The Selection And Construction Of Social Scales And Indices
 
5.19 Guide To Databases Of Collected Data For The Social Science Researcher
 
5.20 Social Science Data Archives in the United States
 
5.21 Directories Of Social Research Centers
 
5.22 Important Research Associations And Institutes Affiliated With The International Sociological Association
 
5.23 A Bibliography Of Methods Guides
 
5.24 A Comment on the Internet
 
PART 6 GUIDE TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE DATA
 
6.1 Questioning Science
The Impertinent Questioner:The Scientist's Guide to the Statistician's Mind

W. Lurie
 
6.2 Four Levels Of Measurement And The Statistics Appropriate To Each Level
 
6.3 The Meaning and Use of Statistical Significance
The Concept of Statistical Significance Testing

B. Thompson
 
6.4 Summary Of Common Measures Of Association and Group Differences
 
6.5 An Overview of Measures of Association
 
6.6 An Overview of Tests of the Difference Between Means
 
6.7 Causation And Multivariate Analysis: From Univariate And Bivariate Problems to Multivariate Analysis of Social Behavior
 
6.8 An Overview of Other Statistical Techniques and Examples of Their Application
 
6.9 Using The Computer In Social Science Research
 
6.10 Software Applications for the Computer
 
6.11 A Guide To Computer Periodicals And Other Publications
 
6.12 A Bibliography Of Statistical Methods
 
6.13 Contents Of Sociological Methodology 1994 Through 2000
 
PART 7 ASSESSING SOCIAL VARIABLES: SCALES AND INDEXES
 
7.1 General Assessment Sources
 
7.2 Scales Assessing Social Status
 
7.3 Scales Assessing Group Structure and Dynamics
 
7.4 Social Indicators
 
7.5 National Economic Indicators
 
7.6 Measures of Organizational Structure
 
7.7 Community
 
7.8 Social Participation
 
7.9 Leadership in the Work Organization
 
7.10 Morale and Job Satisfaction
 
7.11 Scales of Attitudes, Values, and Norms
 
7.12 Family and Marriage
 
7.13 Personality Measurements
 
7.14 Citations, Focus, and Purpose of Studies Reported in the Past Five Years in the American Journal of Sociology, The American Sociological Review, and Social Psychology Quarterly
 
7.15 Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes
 
7.16 The Buros Institute and the Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook
 
7.17 How Researchers Create Their Own Scales: An Activity of Last Resort
 
PART 8 RESEARCH PROPOSAL, FUNDING, BUDGETING, REPORTING, AND CAREER PLANNING
 
8.1 The Research Grant Proposal
 
8.2 Research Funding
 
8.3 Major Sources of Funding Information
 
8.4 Common Reasons for Rejection of Grant Proposals
 
8.5 Further Readings on Grantsmanship and Proposal Writing Grantsmanship
 
8.6 The National Science Foundation (NSF)
 
8.7 National Institutes of Health (NIH)
 
8.8 Department of Health and Human Services
 
8.9 National Institute of Justice
 
8.10 Federal Government Agencies and Private Organizations Offering Fellowships and Grants
 
8.11 Sources of Information for Other Fellowships and Grant Opportunities
 
8.12 Estimating Research Costs
 
8.13 Research Reporting
 
8.14 A Guide to Publications
 
8.15 Where Prestigious Sociologists Publish and Why
 
8.16 Getting Published
 
8.17 Professional Memberships and Organizations
 
8.18 Planning for a Career in the Social Sciences
 
Index
 
About the Editors

"If a student researcher had only one handbook on their bookshelf, Miller and Salkind's Handbook would certainly have to be it. With the updated material, the addition of the section on ethical issues (which is so well done that I'm recommending it to the departmental representative to the university IRB), and a new Part 4 on qualitative methods, the new Handbook is an indispensable resource for researchers."

Dan Cover
Dept. of Sociology, Furman University

"This book is constantly evolving and for the better! The section on scales and indices and how to find them is one of the best features of this book. The Miller-Salkind book is a treasure in this regard. The section on research grant proposals is the best I have seen in any textbook. In short, this book does a great deal to introduce the student to the practice of the profession of social science."

Michael L. Vasu
North Carolina State University

"A unique and excellent reference tool for all social science researchers, and a good textbook for graduate students and senior year undergraduate classes."

Jianhong Liu
Rhode Island College

Excellent book for mid-level researchers.

Ms Megan Haak
Educational Policy & Community Studies, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
June 19, 2012

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