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Political Science: Research Methods

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Research Methods

There are many guides and handbooks for both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Many books on political science methodology are  found in the JA 71 call number area (second floor, East, in Ellis Library). 

Keep in mind that methodology books are very high use, so if our copy is checked out, request the book from ALL MERLIN or MOBIUS.

Here is a small sampling of books available:

Political science research in practice/ Malici and Smith (JA86 .M34 2012)

Experimental political science and the study of causality : from nature to the lab / Rebecca B. Morton, Kenneth C. Williams. (JA71 .M675 2010)

Empirical research and writing : a political science student's practical guide / Leanne C. Powner (  JA86 .P69 2015)

Handbook of research methods and applications in political science / edited by Hans Keman, Jaap J. Woldendorp. ( JA86 .H3573 2016)

Research methods for political science : quantitative and qualitative approaches /  David E. McNabb. (JA71.5 .M34 2010)

Statistical models and causal inference : a dialogue with the social sciences / David A. Freedman ; edited by David Collier, Jasjeet S. Sekhon, Philip B. Stark.  (HA 29 .F6785 2010)

Interpretation and method : empirical research methods and the interpretive turn / edited by Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea.(JA71 .I575 2006) (MU Online Access)

The Oxford handbook of political methodology / edited by Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Henry E. Brady and David Collier. (JA71 .O948 2008)

Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods  An interdisciplinary approach to the field of qualitative research, providing background information on concepts that inform qualitative research practices.

Encyclopedia of Research Design  An encyclopedia of information on quantitative and qualitative research design, research methods, statistics and mathematical concepts used in research. Includes reviews of tools and articles that have had an impact on how research is conducted and results are analyzed.

Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods   Covers all major facets of survey research methodology, from selecting the sample design and the sampling frame, designing and pretesting the questionnaire, data collection, and data coding, to the issues surrounding diminishing response rates, confidentiality, privacy, informed consent and other ethical issues, data weighting, and data analyses.