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  1. Little Blue Book

    Chapter Four: Linking Up, 3rd

    Harry F. Wolcott

    Found in: Writing Up Qualitative Research (3rd ed.), 3rd


    Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun … To this point, I have focused single-mindedly on the stated purpose of your research and have urged you to do the same. I have gone so far as to suggest that you draw at...

    Methods: Thesis , Research report , Theory , Writing , Journal articles , Writing up , Literature review , Qualitative research , Dissertation

  2. “Historicity and Sociohistorical Research”

    John R. Hall

    Found in: The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology


    History and the social sciences converge in a broad domain defined in its origins through works by notables such as Ibn Khaldun, Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Marc Bloch. By the 1960s the efflorescence of the historical social sciences began to give r...

    Methods: Historical research , Theory , Praxis

  3. Journal Article

    "Causation in the Social Sciences: Evidence, Inference, and Purpose"

    Philosophy of the Social Sciences (2009)

    In recent years, philosophers have slowly come to realize that the marginal benefit of continuing the quest for a monistic account of causation, an account that provides a characterization of a single set of features that distinguishes all causal from noncausal relatio...

    Methods: Hypothesis , Inference , Causation , Concepts & philosophies

  4. Evaluation for the 21st Century: A Handbook

    Evaluation for the 21st Century: A Handbook

    Eleanor Chelimsky & William R. Shadish


    What methodological tools have been most useful in doing evaluation? What are some of the new methodologies that are being used and developed? Will the types of things evaluated expand from programs, personnel, and products to foreign aid, medical technology, environmental intervent...


    Methods: Measurement , Auditing , Policy evaluation , Evaluation , Performance , Comparison

  5. SRM Datasets

    Making Comparisons of Interview Data and Drawing Out Themes: Experiences of Working in Higher Education

    Jamie Harding


    This example focuses on one of the first stage of the analysis of interview data, where the researcher has the transcripts and faces the challenge of trying to make sense of them. The approach taken is thematic analysis, although it incorporates elements of other approaches. This exam...


    Methods: Comparison

    Data Types: Interview transcripts

  6. “Individual and Collective Agency”

    Thomas Schwinn

    Found in: The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology


    The relation between individual action and social structures is one of the central fundamental problems in sociology. It has accompanied it throughout its existence and has been the focus of repeated vigorous debates. One can distinguish three phases of particularly in...

    Methods: Experiments , Individuals , Agency

  7. “Historical Analysis”


    Found in: Handbook of Data Analysis


    This chapter places the process of data analysis in the broader context of historical inquiry. It examines the relationship between historical occurrences, historical evidence, historical analysis and some key feedback loops between them. It then goes on to conside...

    Methods: Historical research , Comparison

  8. Journal Article

    "Comparing Logit and Probit Coefficients Across Groups"

    Sociological Methods & Research (1999)

    For binary dependent variables, logit (logistic) and probit regression have become standard methods of analysis. As with ordinary linear regression, researchers often estimate separate binary regression models for two or more groups of individuals and then compare coeffi...

    Methods: Regression , Comparison

  9. Journal Article

    "Comments on Elias's ‘Scenes from the Life of a Knight’"

    Theory, Culture & Society (1987)

    In one of his few published references to the work of Norbert Elias, Anthony Giddens (1984: 129) writes dismissively in The Constitution of Society that: In spite of Elias's claims that sexual activity was ca...

    Methods: Historical research , Context , Art

  10. Journal Article

    "Writing an Intellectual History of Scientific Development: The Use of Discovery Accounts"

    Social Studies of Science (1976)

    Recently I presented, with others, a general statement of the sequence of social and intellectual processes which characterize the emergence, growth and final decline of specific areas of scientific endeavour. 1 A central concern of my own research has been to exami...

    Methods: Historical research , Writing , Scientific method

  11. Journal Article

    "Recalling the Letter: The Uses of Oral Testimony in Historical Studies of Literacy"

    Written Communication (2007)

    This article examines the uses of oral testimony in writing about literacy in historical context, especially about the literacy traditions of populations “hidden from history”-immigrants, refugees, and undocumented persons-who are entering U.S. schools and workplaces...

    Methods: Testimony , Historical research , Archival research , Oral history interview , Oral history

  12. Journal Article

    "Is Optimal Matching Suboptimal?"

    Sociological Methods & Research (2009)

    In the late 1980s, Andrew Abbott introduced a technique known as optimal matching to the social sciences. Optimal matching (OM) is a method borrowed from biology that can be used to create a measure of similarity (or more often dissimilarity) between pairs of sequence...

    Methods: Comparison , Analysis , Algorithms

  13. Journal Article

    "Surrogate endpoint validation: statistical elegance versus clinical relevance"

    Statistical Methods in Medical Research (2008)

    A variety of approaches have been proposed to provide formal and informal validation of proposed surrogate markers. To achieve true clinical impact, the validation must convince both the statistical and clinical communities. In this paper, we argue that the best approach...

    Methods: Statistical significance , Regression , Comparison , Correlation , Validity

  14. Journal Article

    "The Mode Effect in Mixed-mode Surveys: Mail and Web Surveys"

    Social Science Computer Review (2010)

    Web surveys can suffer from their nonrandom nature (coverage error) and low response rate (nonresponse error). Therefore, web surveys should be supported by mail survey to eliminate these problems. However, using different survey methods together may introduce anothe...

    Methods: Comparison , Experiments , Survey , Survey data analysis , Online survey

  15. Journal Article

    "Conducting Intensive Interviews Using Email: A Serendipitous Comparative Opportunity"

    Qualitative Social Work (2006)

    This article examines the use of computer-mediated recruitment and email intensive interviewing in contrast to more traditional methods of data collection. Email interviewing is compared to telephone and face-to-face interviewing with the same study population utiliz...

    Methods: Methodology , Interviews , Comparison , Experience , Internet research

  16. Multiple Comparisons

    Multiple Comparisons

    Alan J. Klockars & Gilbert Sax


    Multiple Comparisons demonstrates the most important methods of investigating differences between levels of an independent variable within an experimental design. The authors review the analysis of variance and hypothesis testing and describe the dimensions on which multiple compariso...


    Methods: Constant comparison , Comparison

  17. Journal Article

    "Controlling Error in Multiple Comparisons, with Examples from State-to-State Differences in Educational Achievement"

    Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (1999)

    Two questions often asked about each of a set of observed comparisons are: (a) should we be confident about the direction or the sign of the corresponding underlying population comparison, and (b) for what interval of values should we be confident that it contains the va...

    Methods: Quantitative data analysis , Comparison , Statistical power , Effect size (ES) , Alpha error / Type i error , Power

  18. Narrative Analysis

    Narrative Analysis

    Colette Daiute & Cynthia Lightfoot


    Narrative Analysis: Studying the Development of Individuals in Society aims to help researchers and students identify and evaluate the wealth of rationales, practices, caveats, and values of narrative inquiry for understanding human ...


    Methods: Historical research , Personal experience , Narrative analysis , Narrative research

  19. Working with Archival Data

    Working with Archival Data

    Glen H. Elder, Jr., Eliza K. Pavalko & Elizabeth C. Clipp


    Although the growth of longitudinal data archives is one of the most dramatic developments in the behavioural sciences, there has been a barrier to the effective use of these files due to a lack of understanding of the relation between research questions and archival data - until now....


    Methods: Research questions , Archive , Historical research , Concepts & philosophies , Data archives

  20. British Social Attitudes : The 23rd Report, 2006/2007

    British Social Attitudes : The 23rd Report, 2006/2007

    Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Miranda Phillips & Mark Johnson


    The British Social Attitudes survey series is carried out by Britain's largest independent social research institute, the National Centre for Social Research. It provides an indispensable guide to current political and social issues in ...


    Methods: Norms , Historical research , Statistical significance , Survey , Longitudinal study

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