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Essentials of Research Methods : A Guide to Social Science Research - Janet M. Ruane

Essentials of Research Methods

A Guide to Social Science Research

Hardcover Published: 3rd September 2004
ISBN: 9780631230489
Number Of Pages: 260

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Essentials of Research Methods is a concise and accessible introduction to research methods in the social sciences. Written by an expert of research methods teaching, this book takes extraordinary care to focus the reader on experiences in his or her everyday life as a way of understanding and performing research methods. The logic and techniques of research methods can be daunting and not of obvious use to students of social science, and yet this book clearly and coherently defines the terms and requirements of research methods studies for the inexperienced student. Covering ethics, data gathering and analysis, and statistics, Essentials of Research Methods makes the "essentials" relevant to our information-dominated society, while exploring the complexities and values of each. With an engaging, reader-friendly style, discussions that appeal across disciplines, and timely examples that are informative and interesting to read, this book is ideal for any student of research methods. Features include further reading lists, graphs, exercises, study questions, and an annotated list of web resources.

Industry Reviews

?Janet Ruane has written the most lively and lucid introductory methods book I?ve ever read. The book is filled with contemporary examples that will engage the beginning student while providing a thorough and memorable grounding in the conduct of social research.?

Edward J. Hackett, Arizona State University

?Finally a well written, non-intimidating, down-to-earth beginners methods textbook. Ruane truly fills a void in the literature. Her book will delight both teachers and students.?

Sophia P. Tsakraklides, Temple University

?Essentials provides a basis for making research methods accessible and, more important, interesting to students. Ruane?s no-nonsense approach, real-life examples, and avoidance of jargon-laden explanations allow students to learn, understand, and appreciate research methods in spite of themselves ?Great book!?

Maureen Outlaw, Providence College

List of Figures and Tables.



1. When Should We Trust What We Know? Why Research Methods?.

2. Ethics: It?s the Right Thing To Do.

3. Some Perfectly Valid Points: Measurement, Internal, and External Validity.

4. Measure By Measure?Making the Abstract Concrete.

5. If It Glitters Is It Gold? Assessing Measures.

6. One Thing Leads to Another: Causal Analysis.

7. Designing Ideas: Research Strategies.

8. An Informative Few:Sampling.

9. Our Inquisitive Nature: The Questionnaire.

10. Talking Heads: The Interview.

11. Watch and Learn: Field Research.

12. Getting Organized: Descriptive Statistics.

13. Beyond Description: Inferential Statistics.


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ISBN: 9780631230489
ISBN-10: 0631230483
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 3rd September 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.85 x 16.25  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated