Essentials of Research Methods: A Guide to Social Science Research
1. When Should We Trust What We Know? Why Research Methods?.
2. Ethics: It’s the Right Thing To Do.
3. Some Perfectly Valid Points: Measurement, Internal, and External Validity.
4. Measure By Measure—Making the Abstract Concrete.
5. If It Glitters Is It Gold? Assessing Measures.
6. One Thing Leads to Another: Causal Analysis.
7. Designing Ideas: Research Strategies.
8. An Informative Few:Sampling.
9. Our Inquisitive Nature: The Questionnaire.
10. Talking Heads: The Interview.
11. Watch and Learn: Field Research.
12. Getting Organized: Descriptive Statistics.
13. Beyond Description: Inferential Statistics.
Edward J. Hackett, Arizona State University
“Finally a well written, non-intimidating, down-to-earth beginners methods textbook. Ruane truly fills a void in the literature. Her book will delight both teachers and students.”
Sophia P. Tsakraklides, Temple University
“Essentials provides a basis for making research methods accessible and, more important, interesting to students. Ruane’s no-nonsense approach, real-life examples, and avoidance of jargon-laden explanations allow students to learn, understand, and appreciate research methods in spite of themselves …Great book!”
Maureen Outlaw, Providence College
- Introduces students to research methods in clear, concise, and accessible prose.
- Focuses the reader on everyday life as a way to understand research methods.
- Covers ethics, data gathering and analysis, and statistics.
- Includes further reading lists, graphs, exercises, study questions, and an annotated list of web resources.