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Social Sciences & Public Policy

A guide to available resources for Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Research methods e-books

Research methods in indigenous contexts

This forward-looking resource offers readers a modern contextual framework for conducting social science research with indigenous peoples. It details minimally-invasive data-gathering methods, survey current training and competency issues, and consider the scientist's role in research, particularly as a product of his/her own cultural background.

Research methods: The basics

Research Methods: The Basics is an accessible, user-friendly introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice. It is structured in two parts - the first covering the nature of knowledge and the reasons for research, the second the specific methods used to carry out effective research and how to propose, plan, carry out and write up a research project. 

Research methods in human rights

This book addresses such approaches to Human Rights research as qualitative methods, quantitative analysis, critical ethnography and comparative approaches, supported by a wide range of geographic case studies and with reference to a wide range of subject areas. The book suggests further reading and directs the reader to excellent examples from research outputs of each method in practice

Social network analytics: Computational research methods and techniques

Social Network Analytics: Computational Research Methods and Techniques focuses on various technical concepts and aspects of social network analysis. Technical aspects of analysis are covered in detail, including visualizing and modeling, network theory, mathematical models, the big data analytics of social networks, multidimensional scaling, and more.

Research methods for criminology and criminal justice

Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Fourth Edition introduces students to the functions of criminal justice research including basic ideas behind scientific theory, research language, and research design.

Understanding critical race research methods and methodologies: Lessons from the field

Featuring scholars from a range of disciplines, the chapters showcase how various researchers synthesize different methods--including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, and historical and archival research--with CRT to explore issues of equity and access in the field of education.

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