For one-semester, undergraduate courses in Research Methods in the social sciences, especially in Sociology.Designed to help students acquire basic skills in the methods of social science research, this text contains numerous excerpts from professional journal articles, scholarly books, and popular press. It uses a straightforward writing style to present essential information, without eliminating key concepts, tools, and their applications. Concrete, everyday examples and "hands-on" practice activities reinforce fundamental concepts that will be useful to students in their future careers and life. Topics are illustrated in ways that are student-centered, yet instructor-friendly. Highlighted concepts and terms in each chapter-In addition to a chapter-end list of key terms. Familiarizes students with important content, and helps ensure they understand and retain it.Chapter summaries-Includes a section titled Your Review Sheet: Questions Discussed in This Chapter. Enables students to review the major themes presented in each chapter, and encourages them to reflect on the key points.Numerous "real-world" activities. Helps students meet specific learning needs, such as evaluating excerpts from research articles, analyzing secondary data, and analyzing primary data from direct observation and other mini-projects.Excerpts from professional journal articles and popular press readings-Followed by questions. Guides learning on specific methods topics, and illustrates specific issues related to methodology typically employed by social scientists.