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Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications

Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications

February 2014 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Designed to introduce students to conducting and analyzing research, this engaging new book consistently integrates research methods and statistics, allowing students to learn concurrently about different research designs and the appropriate statistics to use when analyzing data. Numerous examples and practical applications help readers gain interest in the material while diminishing the anxiety students experience while taking this course. In every chapter, the authors develop and apply research topics and examples from the current research literature across all aspects of the research process. Using conversational language, the text prepares students for both graduate work and for critical analysis of research as professionals and informed citizens.
About the Authors
1. Thinking Like a Researcher
2. Build a Solid Foundation for Your Study by Finding, Reading, and Evaluating Past Research
3. The Cornerstones of Good Research: Reliability and Validity
4. Designing a Descriptive Study
5. Describing Your Sample
6. Beyond Descriptives: Making Inferences Based on Your Sample
7. Examining Relationships Among Your Variables: Correlational Design
8. Examining Causal Relationships Among Your Variables: Introduction to Experimental Design
9. Independent-Groups Designs
10. Dependent-Groups Designs
11. Factorial Designs
12. Nonparametric Statistics
13. Focusing on the Individual: Case Studies and Single N Designs
14. How to Decide? Choosing a Research Design and Selecting the Correct Analysis
Appendix A: Answers to Practice Questions
Appendix B: APA Style and Format Guidelines
Appendix C: Statistical Tables
Appendix D: Statistical Formulas
Author Index
Subject Index


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Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses
  • The Instructor Teaching Site includes complete answers to all in-text questions.
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights. 
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site at includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.

“This is one of the few books of this type that writes FOR the students and not for the professor. Beginning students can get this material, and advanced students will find it a great review source.”

Cheryl L. Ramey
Eastern Kentucky University

“I have reviewed many texts over the years and this one does the best job at integrating methods and statistics within each chapter.”

Jeffrey W. Grimm, PhD
Western Washington University

“The explanations of statistical approaches are clear and the applicability of these approaches is well articulated. This text addresses the basic question of ‘but why do it this way’ extraordinarily well.”

Bonita G. Cade, PhD, JD
Roger Williams University

“I feel like I’m constantly telling my students that learning research methods and statistics is not a linear process; it requires much revisiting of earlier topics. The authors of this text seem to echo that sentiment in their explanation of the scientific method.”

Amanda C. Gingerich
Butler University

“It does appear to provide a good balance of introducing the student to research methods without scaring them away from experimental design."

Aurora Torres
University of Alabama, Huntsville

“I like that this text seems to cover the most essential elements of conducting research in a manner that supports the time-line of a student project.“

Laura Spiller
Midwestern State University

“I appreciated the unique way the authors incorporated methods and theory of research with the practical aspects of conducting research, as often highlighted in the Ethical Tips.”

Jennifer Devenport
Western Washington University

“The biggest strengths were readability, use of examples and explanation of reasoning behind design decisions. There is also some advantage to organize by type of design versus type of statistical method.”

Mary Jo Carnot
Chadron State College

“This book nicely introduces research and sets the foundation for the later concepts to come.”

Chrislyn E. Randell
Metropolitan State College of Denver

“I think the text is very comprehensive......the authors cover not only the key research topics, but also include a thorough presentation of data analysis and interpretation. I also like the way the authors are addressing the topic of writing research papers in APA format and style.  They have embedded “Writing in APA Format” examples and application exercises within the chapters. Students gain valuable experience writing results and discussion sections for studies using the different research designs covered in these chapters."

Patricia C. Heindel, PhD
College of Saint Elizabeth

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 6

Kathrynn Ann Adams

Kathrynn (Kathy) A. Adams earned her PhD in general experimental psychology from the University of Alabama in 1977. She was a Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology at Guilford College when she retired in 2017 after 37 years of teaching. Her professional interests include gender issues, relationships, and teaching pedagogy. She worked with the Preparing Future Faculty Program for 20 years and helped establish the Early College at Guilford, a nationally ranked high school. In her spare time, she spends as much time as possible outdoors, practices yoga, and bakes chocolate desserts. More About Author

Eva K. McGuire

Eva K. McGuire earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. She is a Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology at Guilford College, where she has taught since 2003. Her research interests include environmental psychology and computer-mediated communication. Eva enjoys walking, yoga, and bike riding, and she loves to listen to live music. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452220185