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Designing Research in the Social Sciences

Designing Research in the Social Sciences

200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This innovative research design text will help you make informed choices when carrying out your research project. Covering both qualitative and quantitative approaches, and with examples drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines, the authors explain what is at stake when choosing a research design, and discuss the trade-offs that researchers have to make when considering issues such as:

  • Causality
  • Categories and classification
  • Meaning
  • Levels of analysis
  • Time

This book will appeal to students and researchers looking for an in-depth understanding of research design issues to help them design their projects in a thoughtful and responsible way.

Social Sciences and Research Design
Conceptual Analysis
Causal Analysis
Statistical Research Designs for Causal Inference
Conclusions: Connecting the Dots

this is a welcome text for students who are designing their research projects. it guides students through the essential steps in research design and enables them to develop their own unique proposal.

Dr Brid Connolly
Department of adult and community education , National University
March 6, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Martino Maggetti

Claudio M. Radaelli

Fabrizio Gilardi

For instructors

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.