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The Practice of Social Research
by:Earl R. Babbie
Written by bestselling author Dr. Earl R. Babbie, The Practice of Social Research is considered one of the best references for students who need to master research methods. It is now on its 12h edition and continues to be widely used by social science students and researchers. It puts emphasis on the research design and process, teaching students the...
Written by bestselling author Dr. Earl R. Babbie, The Practice of Social Research is considered one of the best references for students who need to master research methods. It is now on its 12h edition and continues to be widely used by social science students and researchers. It puts emphasis on the research design and process, teaching students the basics of designing research studies, and establishing contemporary methods of observation, inquiry, and research as applied in today's world. The book is a must-read guideline for conducting surveys with the use of new technologies like the internet, as well as analyzing data. Among the most important concepts discussed here include human inquiry, the paradigms and theories of social research, as well as the ethics and politics surrounding the practice. There are extensive discussions on research design, conceptualization, measurement, and operationalization, as well as typologies, scales, and indexes. The book also talks about the quantitative and qualitative approach to research, as well as analyzing data for both practices various tools used in data analysis include the elaboration model, and different statistical tools. It has served as the standard for many social research references because of its straightforward approach and skillful combination of theoretical concepts and real-life research practices. Author Dr. Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University and took his PhD from the University of California (Berkley) where he also began his teaching career. He has written several other award-winning texts in addition to The Practice of Social Research (ISBN 9780495598411). This book is just one of the many bestselling texts from Babbie, following the likes of The Basics of Social Research, Adventures in Social Research, The Basics of Media Research, Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Sociological Spirit: Critical Essays in a Critical Science.
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