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Social Scientific Research

Social Scientific Research

August 2018 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Offering an engaging and entertaining introduction to research methods, this is a practical and easy-to-use companion for all new researchers and students in the social sciences. Covering all the key stages of the research process, this book guides students in navigating some of the biggest challenges in developing a research project.


This book:

  • Uses real-life everyday examples, connecting research methods to your experiences
  • Includes dedicated chapters on identifying a research question, ethics and writing up your findings
  • Comprises an array of activities, tips, illustrations and international case studies
  • Covers qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research

Bringing methods to life for students across the social sciences, this book will provide you with the confidence you need to get your research off the ground.

I. Introduction
Chapter 1: What is Social Science Research?
Chapter 2: Research Ethics
Chapter 3: Identifying a Research Question
Chapter 4: Conducting the Literature Review
II. Argumentation
Chapter 5: Building Effective Concepts
Chapter 6: Making Strong Arguments
Chapter 7: Method Selection
Chapter 8: Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 9: Case Selection
Chapter 10: Interviews
Chapter 11: Focus Groups
Chapter 12: Participant Observation
Chapter 13: Process Tracing
Chapter 14: Comparative Case Method
Chapter 15: Measurement
Chapter 16: Quantitative Data
Chapter 17: Content Analysis
Chapter 18: Surveys
Chapter 19: Experiments
Chapter 20: Observational Studies
Chapter 21: Social Scientific Writing

Social Scientific Research is a modern handbook that will serve as a guide for researchers that are not sure what and how they may want to study. The book will clear the cobwebs away. Not only those who feel like they were led to the blind alley by the subject of their research will consider the book useful. It is also a perfect tool for self-study purposes since it discusses the research process in detail. Finally, more advanced scholars will find this book helpful since it introduces the methods for the verification of methodological assumptions on every stage of analysis.

Professor Joanna Rak
Political Science & Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
December 24, 2019

My students have found this book easy to understand and well explained. They like the structure and examples. The activities at the end of the chapter make for a great way to embed what they have learnt. Have ordered copies for the college library and will put on essential reading

Ms Natalie Clark
Higher education, Norwich City College of FE And HE
September 14, 2019

an excellent textbook that will guide many students at different levels

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
September 5, 2019

Very helpful for students to grasp the importance of scientific research, understand detailed concepts and being supported at adopting a scientific perspective towards social work issues.

Dr Barbara Johanna Lill-Rastern
Social Work, Management Center Innsbruck
September 4, 2018

Did not fit course sequence

Dr Evan Roberts
Sociology, Uni Of Minnesota-Twin Cities
August 9, 2018