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Investigating the Social World
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Investigating the Social World
The Process and Practice of Research

Tenth Edition


September 2022 | 712 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Recipient of the 2024 Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) McGuffey Longevity Award  
This award recognizes textbooks and learning materials that have demonstrated excellence over time.

The Tenth Edition of the bestselling Investigating the Social World provides students with the critical skills necessary to evaluate research and to carry out their own research. Each chapter integrates instruction in the various core research methods with investigation of interesting aspects of the social world. The book has always sought to communicate the excitement of social research and the importance of carefully evaluating the methods we use in that research. 

This edition also includes updated coverage of each research method and features many new examples reflecting research on the key issues we have experienced since 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of social justice movements, and threats to democracy. It also includes exercises based on the 2020 General Social Survey dataset. This textbook is also available in Sage's Vantage platform for the first time.

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Section I. Foundations for Social Research
 
1. Science, Society, and Social Research
 
2. The Process and Problems of Social Research
 
3. Research Ethics and Research Proposals
 
Section II. Fundamentals of Social Research
 
4. Conceptualization and Measurement
 
5. Sampling and Generalizability
 
6. Research Design and Causation
 
Section III. Basic Social Research Designs
 
7. Experiments
 
8. Survey Research
 
9. Quantitative Data Analysis
 
10. Qualitative Methods
 
11. Qualitative Data Analysis
 
Section IV. Complex Social Research Designs
 
12. Mixed Methods
 
13. Evaluation and Policy Research
 
14. Research Using Secondary Data and “Big” Data
 
15. Research Using Historical and Comparative Data and Content Analysis
 
16. Summarizing and Reporting Research

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I appreciate the layout of content in the new edition and the updated visual aid on hot topics (e.g., ethics in the social sciences). I have used this book in its 6th edition for 3 years now. I specifically like the mixed-method addition, the use of secondary data, the inclusion of how to ask questions in the appendix, and updates to contemporary events in our social world. These guidelines are useful in my undergraduate course, as students are tasked with formative assessments related to research methods.

Ms Vanessa Jesenia Gutierrez
Sociology Dept, John Jay College
March 30, 2023