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The Basics of Social Research, 6th Edition

  • Earl R. Babbie Chapman University, Berkeley
  • ISBN-10: 113359414X  |  ISBN-13: 9781133594147
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

This thorough revision of Babbie's standard-setting text presents a succinct, straightforward introduction to the field of research methods as practiced by social scientists. Contemporary examples, such as terrorism, Alzheimer's disease, anti-gay prejudice and education, and the legalization of marijuana, introduce students to the "how-tos" and "whys" of social research methods. With increased emphasis on qualitative research and practical applications, this edition is authoritative yet student-friendly and engaging enough to help students connect the dots between the world of social research and the real world. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • "How to Do It" boxes discuss hands-on topics related to research, including framing a hypothesis, identifying the unit of analysis, and using Google Scholar.
  • Each chapter has a "Proposing Social Research" section that connects chapter content to the task of developing a research proposal.
  • This bestselling book is Dr. Earl Babbie's response to the evolving changes in teaching methods, as well as to changing student demographics.
  • Thought-provoking "What Do You Think? Revisited" boxes appear at the end of each chapter and explore the same topic as the chapter-opening "What Do You Think?" box.
  • "Applying Concepts in Everyday Life" features show students how a particular logical discussion or research procedure applies to the world around them.
  • "Issues and Insights" box highlights key research studies and findings.
  • Each chapter includes relevant Internet links so students can learn more on their own about topics covered in the chapter that are of particular interest to them.
  • Primers on how to use SPSS, NVivo, and Qualrus, as well as a primer on statistics, are available for free on the companion website.

Table of Contents

Part I: AN INTRODUCTION TO INQUIRY.
1. Human Inquiry and Science.
2. Paradigms, Theory, and Research.
3. The Ethics and Politics of Social Research.
Part II: THE STRUCTURING OF INQUIRY: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE.
4. Research Design.
5. Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement.
6. Indexes, Scales, and Typologies.
7. The Logic of Sampling.
Part III: MODES OF OBSERVATION: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE.
8. Experiments.
9. Survey Research.
10. Qualitative Field Research.
11. Unobtrusive Research.
12. Evaluation Research.
Part IV: ANALYSIS OF DATA: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE.
13. Qualitative Data Analysis.
14. Quantitative Data Analysis.
15. Reading and Writing Social Research.
Appendix A: Using the Library.
Appendix B: Random Numbers.
Appendix C: Distribution of Chi Square.
Appendix D: Normal Curve Areas.
Appendix E: Estimated Sampling Error.

What's New

  • This edition is thoroughly updated with GSS (GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEY) and other data throughout the text.
  • There are many new sections covering a variety of topics, including positive deviance, idiographic explanation, compensating respondents, and determinism vs. agency.
  • Augmented discussion of cell phones and sampling with Pew Center results.
  • Completely revampted the QDA example in chapter 13, introdcuing NVivo 9 and Quairus.
  • Dr. Earl Babbie has expanded discussion of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Earl R. Babbie

Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH and THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.