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A quick, free, somewhat easy-to-read introduction to empirical social science research methods

A quick, free, somewhat easy-to-read introduction to empirical social science research methods

A free, brief textbook to introduce students to the core concepts of empirical social science research methods, available in PDF and EPUB. This textbook has been used as the main textbook in an undergraduate social science research methods course (supplemented by many in-class exercises and research reports) and as the basis of a review in preparation for graduate-level study in research methods and program evaluation. Contents: (1) Identifying the research question (and an aside about theory); (2) Conceptualizing and operationalizing (and sometimes hypothesizing); (3) Data collection structured by formal research designs; (3.1) Sampling; (3.2) Data collection methods; (3.3) Formal research designs; (4) Data analysis; (5) Generalizing and theorizing; (6) Evaluating research: Validity and... Show More
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