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"Essentials of Social Research" is a short basic primer on social research methodology that will provide straightforward, clear answers to the key questions in research methods, such as What is the scientific method? What is grounded theory? What is the difference between an analytic and a descriptive research question? And how believable are the research findings? As an introductory primer, the book covers types of research, reasoning and data, basic logic of quantitative and qualitative inquiry, major data collection strategies, and identification of research limitations. "Essentials of Social Research" is different from other research primers in that it offers ongoing exercises of increasing complexity to illustrate the text material, emphasizes essential critical thinking skills, covers the complementary contributions of quantitative and qualitative methods, and describes procedures for identifying limitations of research and rival explanations for research findings.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780335217823
ISBN-10: 0335217826
Format: Paperback
(94mm x 67mm x 5mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Linda Kalof

Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University, USA. Amy Dan is a postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Science and Policy at Michigan State University, USA. Thomas Dietz is Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University, USA.

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