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Beginning Research in Political Science

Carolyn Forestiere

Publication Date - August 2016

ISBN: 9780190215965

352 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Beginning Research in Political Science takes a learn-by-doing-approach to guide students through all of the steps needed for their own original projects. Each chapter builds from the previous chapter with step-by-step instructions that guide students towards the project's completion. The text features recent data from the World Values Survey and instructional SPSS Statistics software tutorials, along with a variety of features reflecting its consistent pedagogy.

Visit www.oup.com/us/forestiere for free and open-access to PowerPoint slides, chapter outlines, flashcards, and quizzes for review.


  • Each chapter builds from the previous chapter with "Paper Progress" sections that provide step-by-step instructions, guiding students towards their projects' completion
  • The text includes detailed instructions that enable students to download and analyze data from the 2010-2014 wave of the World Values Survey using SPSS Statistics software
  • "Examples from Political Science" sections incorporate recent studies from the contemporary political science literature to provide illustrations of each research theme
  • "Coming Up" sections are featured in every chapter, offering seamless segues into the next stage of the research process
  • An entire chapter (Chapter 11) is devoted to the writing of a final report, providing a general template for students to follow as they complete their projects

About the Author(s)

Carolyn Forestiere is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


"Given my experience with students in this class, Beginning Research in Political Science seems perfect. The text explains the research process in a clear and easy-to-understand manner." --Stephen Morris, Middle Tennessee State University

"By and large, Forestiere has succeeded in finding that difficult balance between rigor and readability. Very few authors do that well, or are able to sustain the balance through an entire book." --Julio Borquez, University of Michigan-Dearborn

"The text is a very readable, accessible, and applied introduction to the research process in political science." -Tom Hansford, University of California, Merced

Table of Contents

    Brief Contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: Reviewing the literature
    Chapter 3: Asking questions in political science
    Chapter 4: Theory and hypotheses
    Chapter 5: Research design
    Chapter 6: More on measurement
    Chapter 7: Getting started with SPSS and descriptive statistics
    Chapter 8: Basic bivariate analysis
    Chapter 9: Introduction to regression
    Chapter 10: Qualitative analysis through case studies
    Chapter 11: Writing a final research report
    Chapter 12: Your future in research