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100 Questions (and Answers) About Research Methods

100 Questions (and Answers) About Research Methods

July 2011 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"How do I create a good research hypothesis?"

"How do I know when my literature review is finished?"

"What is the difference between a sample and a population?"

"What is power and why is it important?"

In an increasingly data-driven world, it is more important than ever for students as well as professionals to better understand the process of research. This invaluable guide answers the essential questions that students ask about research methods in a concise and accessible way.

100 Questions (and Answers) about Research Methods summarizes the most important questions that lie in those inbetween spaces that one could ask about research methods while providing an answer as well. This is a short book and intended for those individuals who need a refresher as to what the important topics are within this area of study as well as for those who are entirely new to the discipline and need a resource as to what the key questions are that one might ask. It's for graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams, researchers who need a reference, undergraduates in affiliated programs who will not be taking a primary course in research methods and anyone curious about how these tools can most effectively be used.

Part 1. Understanding the Research Process and Getting Started
Part 2. Reviewing and Writing About Your Research Question
Part 3. Introductory Ideas About Ethics
Part 4. Research Methods: Knowing the Language, Knowing the Ideas
Part 5. Sampling Ideas and Issues
Part 6. Describing Data Using Descriptive Techniques
Part 7. All About Testing and Measuring
Part 8. Understanding Different Research Methods
Part 9. All About Inference and Significance

"This is a concise text that has good coverage of the basic concepts and elementary principles of research methods. It picks up where many traditional research methods texts stop and provides additional discussion on some of the hardest to understand concepts."

University of Central Florida
University of Central Florida, Educational Research

"I think it’s a great idea for a text (or series), and I have no doubt that the majority of students would find it helpful. The material is presented clearly, and it is easy to read and understand. My favorite example from those provided is on p. 7 where the author provides an actual checklist for evaluating the merit of a study. This is a great tool for students and would provide an excellent “practice” approach to learning this skill. Over time students wouldn’t need a checklist, but I think it would be invaluable for those students with little to no research experience."

University of Denver
University of Denver, Social Work

I already am using 3 other books. This is a good book though.

Dr Michelle Lane
School Of Business, Humboldt State University
June 5, 2013

Did not meet my needs

Dr Mikaila Arthur
Sociology Dept, Rhode Island College
January 25, 2013

I had heard good things about Salkind's statistics book and wanted to review his research book as well. The 100 questions format is cute, and may provide a quick answer to a specific student question. However, it's not really organized in a way that I find particularly useful for a more integrated course that progressively develop and builds upon concepts.

Professor Edward De Vos
Clinical Psychology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
January 31, 2012

comes across as a little disorganized, plus a little too focused on psychology and statistics.

Professor Leeda Copley
Soc Crim Just Sub Abuse Dept, University of Central Oklahoma
January 23, 2012

This text is a great resource guide for graduate students. But it may not work as well with undergraduates orienting themselves to the research process. However, I will use it as a recommended text for students.

Dr Antonio Cuyler
Arts Management - School of The Arts, Suny College at Purchase
November 26, 2011

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