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Covering the discipline's major methods, the authors lead students step-by-step through the logic of research design. "Building block" chapters on hypothesis formation and testing, variables, and measurement are right up front; the introduction to research design, sampling, and literature reviews come with explanations as to why a researcher would pursue different kinds of methods; the stats chapters begin with a common-sense primer that walks students through foundational ideas and practices. Throughout the text, updated examples of contemporary research problems keep readers engaged. Each chapter has bolded key terms that are also listed in a glossary at the end of each chapter and the end of the text. "Helpful hints" feature boxes give students nuts-and-bolts reminders they can refer to when they conduct their own research or assess the work of others.
Table of Contents
The Empirical Approach to Political Science
Beginning the Research Process: Identifying a Topic, Developing Questions, and Reviewing the Literature
The Building Blocks of Social Scientific Research: Hypotheses, Concepts, and Variables
The Building Blocks of Social Scientific Research: Measurement
Research Design: Making Causal Inferences
Making Empirical Observations: Direct and Indirect Observation
Document Analysis: Using the Written Record
Survey Research and Interviewing
Making Sense of Data: First Steps
Investigating Relationships between Two Variables
The Research Report: An Annotated Example
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