Higher Education

The Research Tool Kit: Putting it All Together, 2nd Edition

  • Bruce D. Friedman University of Texas-Pan American
  • ISBN-10: 053440703X  |  ISBN-13: 9780534407032
  • 192 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1998
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $75.75



In this brief, yet infinitely helpful text, Friedman equips your students with the tools they need to unlock the complexities of the social work research process. For this Second Edition, Friedman has expanded his discussion of the research process to include more information on the use of the Internet and technology, and he addresses the relationship of theory to research, theoretical frameworks, and conceptual models. As students work through their research project, they can use the text's numerous exercises to develop their own research project.

Table of Contents

1. What is Research?
2. The Question.
3. Literature Review.
4. Justification of the Study.
5. Variables.
6. Hypotheses.
7. Research Design.
8. Sampling.
9. Research Protocol.
10. Protection of Human Subjects.
11. Bias.
12. Data.
13. Data Collection Forms.
14. Data Analysis and Statistical Procedures.
15. Reporting Results.
16. Administrative Arrangements/Agreements.
17. Limitations of the Study.
18. Conclusion.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"A good book to use to help guide students through the research process...accessible and approachable for social work students that are scared to death of research."

— Carol Massat, University of Illinois at Chicago

"A strength is that it is highly interactive and instructional for students with its exercises, etc."

— Shawn Ginther, Minnesota State University, Moorehead


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Bruce D. Friedman

Bruce D. Friedman, Ph.D., ACSW is an Associate Professor with Social Work Program at the University of Texas ¿ Pan American. Friedman received his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University ¿ Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and his MSW from Washington University ¿ George Warren Brown School of Social Work. He is also a certified social work manager and president of the National Network of Social Work Managers (NNSWM). Dr. Friedman has done qualitative research that identifies what homeless shelters do to address the problems of people who are homeless. His theoretical perspective is ecological systems. He is a co-author of SOCIAL SUPPORT NETWORKS: A BIBLIOGRAPHY and is the author of NO PLACE LIKE HOME: A STUDY OF TWO HOMELESS SHELTERS as well as numerous articles in the area of social work practice, spirituality, homelessness, substance abuse and retention. Dr. Friedman also publishes another book with Brooks/Cole, ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE COOKBOOK: RECIPES FOR SOCIAL WORKERS.