The present work is an introduction to research techniques for the scholars of social sciences. It makes the research technique simple even with the use of quantitative analysis and avoids, as far as possible, unnecessary complicated sophistications in methodology. It will help understand the basic research procedure which is to be followed-the way scientific tools and concepts are to be used and the theoretical considerations are to be approached. In fact, the present volume is devoted mostly to empirical research method with the illustrative data from the fields of both political and social sciences.
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Contents Chapter 1: Political and Social Research: An Introduction; Chapter 2: Theory, Fact and Value; Chapter 3: Empirical Social Science Research; Chapter 4: Identifying and Planning Research; Chapter 5: Hypotheses; Chapter 6: Collection of Data; Chapter 7: Primary Data Collection; Chapter 8: Units of Analysis: Drawing the sample; Chapter 9: Observation; Chapter 10: Interview; Chapter 11: Writing the Questions; Chapter 12: Designing the Questionnaire; Chapter 13: Data Processing; Chapter 14: Data Analysis; Chapter 15: Methods of Social Measurement and Presentation of Data; Chapter 16: Basic Statistical concepts and Techniques; Chapter 17: Correlation Coefficients; Chapter 18: The Use of Controls; Chapter 19: Writing a Report.