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.Lawrence Hotchkiss is the author of 'Research Methods and Society: Foundations of Social Inquiry', published 2004 under ISBN 9780130926548 and ISBN 013092654X.