Journals Higher Education



Published: 06 August 2009

672 Pages

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195372984

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Approaches to Social Research

Fifth Edition

Royce A. Singleton, Jr. and Bruce C. Straits

Revised and updated in its fifth 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. The authors provide a lucid treatment of the four major approaches to research--experimentation, survey research, field research, and the use of available data--and also include a unique chapter advocating a multiple-methods strategy. The fifth edition offers numerous updated and new examples; new exercises; a revised chapter on ethics; a new series of more than 100 key points, set off throughout the text; and much more.

New to this Edition:

  • Many updated examples that are current and relevant to students' daily lives
  • New examples from an array of disciplines, including the use of experimental design in political science and economics
  • A revised chapter on ethics, which now appears earlier in the book (Chapter 3)
  • Extensively revised and updated chapters on survey research (9-10) and writing research reports (17) that incorporate new developments in methodology and technology
  • A new series of more than 100 key points, set off throughout the text
  • A more visually appealing interior design featuring tables, large text boxes, figures, and charts
  • New exercises in every chapter
  • Companion Website (maintained by the authors) offering a glossary and the following material for each chapter: answers to selected text exercises, true/false and matching quizzes, suggested readings, and web resources

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