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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.

“I think the text is a solid presentation of the material.”

Darryl Mayeaux
St. Bonaventure University

A fantastic book - found it to be a great supportive text for the students. Will be recommending (and using) this again in 2015/16

Mr Gavin Brown
Business School, Dublin City University (DCU)
June 14, 2015

A good all round book as a basic start when at the beginning of a Prof Doc course.

Mrs Bridget Main
Joint School of Specialist Welfare, Ministry of Defence
April 13, 2015

Well-written book, excellent integration of research methods with statistics, with more than sufficient examples to teach young students.

Dr Johanita Burger
Pharmacy, North-West University
February 3, 2015

Trying to reach a group consensus and colleague didn't like the book.

Dr Sally Farley
Applied Behavioral Sci Div, University Of Baltimore
February 3, 2015

Yes. Plan to use for my graduate student seminar.

Ms Vengerflutta Smith
School Of Human Services, Springfield College
October 10, 2014


Ms Catherine Shaffner
Public and Allied Health, Bowling Green State University
September 29, 2014

The book doesn't contain all the topics I cover in the course

Mr Ahmed Almaskut
Human Kinetics, University Of Ottawa
September 27, 2014

A useful textbook to introduce students to conducting and analyzing research.

Mr Mahmoud Ismael
Faculty of Pharmacy, Assiut Univ.
July 2, 2014

Like another text better.

Professor Carol Isaac
Educational Leadership, Mercer University
March 17, 2014

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