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Published: 27 June 2017

672 Pages | 41

7 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190614249

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Approaches to Social Research

Sixth Edition

Royce A. Singleton and Bruce C. Straits

Revised and updated in its sixth edition, Approaches to Social Research is a rigorous yet clear and engaging introduction to research methods. Covering all of the fundamentals in a straightforward, student-friendly manner, it is ideal for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses across the social sciences and also serves as an indispensable guide for researchers. Striking a balance between specific techniques and the underlying logic of scientific inquiry, this book provides a lucid treatment of the four major approaches to research: experimentation, survey research, field research, and the use of available data. Richly developed examples of empirical research and an emphasis on the research process enable students to better understand the real-world application of research methods. The authors also offer a unique chapter (13) advocating a multiple-methods strategy.

New to this Edition:

  • 184 new references, twenty-two new research examples, and eleven new key terms
  • Updated data in tables and figures
  • Improved clarity and flow of chapters
  • New sections and sub-sections on topics including "Big Data" and "Publishing a Research Paper"
  • Many new interesting and rigorous examples of social research

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