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Real Research
Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use

Second Edition


February 2019 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Real Research: Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use is an innovative text that takes a holistic approach to the subject by discussing each step in the research process within the context of a particular method. With no generalizations about concepts that apply to only some research methods but not others, students can jump into the first research method within the first two weeks of class. After an overview of data collection in the first chapter, subsequent chapters focus on eight specific quantitative and qualitative methods most frequently used in sociology. The Second Edition includes a new chapter on focus groups, updated “Real Research” profiles of individuals using research methods in a wide range of careers, and examples of common student errors to streamline learning.


 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1: Introduction
What Is Empirical Social Research?  
Why Is Research Important?  
Methods of Data Collection  
Quantitative and Qualitative Research  
Basic and Applied Research  
The Components of Research  
Reading This Text  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 2: Interviewing
Methodology  
Theory  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Ethics  
Sampling  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 3: Observation and Ethnography
Methodology  
Theory  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Ethics  
Sampling  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 4: Surveys
Methodology  
Theory  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 5: Secondary Data Analysis
Methodology  
Theory  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 6: Existing Statistics Research
Methodology  
Theory  
Research Questions  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 7: Content Analysis
Methodology  
Theory  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Sampling  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 8: Experiments for Evaluation Research
Methodology  
Theory  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Choosing a Study Design  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 9: Focus Groups
Methodology  
Theory  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Sampling  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Appendix A: Reviewing the Literature
Types of Sources  
Searching the Literature  
Reading Scholarly Articles  
Writing a Literature Review  
Plagiarism  
 
Appendix B: Writing a Research Proposal
Title  
Introduction and Literature Review  
Research Question  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Implications  
Timeline  
Budget  
Style  
Guidelines and Formatting  
A “Seamless Whole”  
 
References
 
Index
 
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