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At the end of some sections you will see lectures that begin with "Time Saver" or "Going Deeper." They mean just what they sound like. The "Time Saver's" are tips for shaving hours off of your project without sacrificing quality. The "Going Deeper's" are additional insights for those wanting to know more than the basics; these are essential insights if you plan to apply to graduate school.


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Section 1. Introduction and Basic Research Principles

Lecture 1. Introduction

Lecture 2. Three Types of Papers

Lecture 3. Two Tensions

Lecture 4. Qualitative or Quantitative

Lecture 5. Deductive or Inductive Approach

Lecture 6. Types of Research Methods & Quiz to Help You Decide

Lecture 7. The Main Parts of a Research Paper

Lecture 8. Basics in Research Ethics with Human Subjects

Section 2. Picking and Focusing Your Topic

Lecture 1. Topic Selection & Professional Associations

Lecture 2. You Can Study Anything, Even if it's Not Real: The Thomas Theorem

Lecture 3. Operationalization: Turning Fuzzy Ideas Into Measurable Units

Lecture 4. Turning a Topic Into a Research Question

Lecture 5. Pick Your Topic and Make a Plan

Lecture 6. Time Saver: Two Common Mistakes to Avoid: 1) Too Broad, 2) Inaccessible Data

Lecture 7. Time Saver: Use Opinion Data to Simplify Your Topic

Section 3. Introduction to Sociological Theory and the Sociology Style Tool

Lecture 1. Introduction to Sociological Theory

Lecture 2. Sociology Style Assessment

Lecture 3. The Three Traditions and Their Tasks

Lecture 4. Social Change: Idealism vs Materialism

Lecture 5. Social Order: Conflict vs Solidarity

Lecture 6. Social Order: Interpretivism vs Positivism

Section 4. Understanding Journal Articles

Lecture 1. What is a Journal Article?

Lecture 2. Why Blind Peer Review Matters

Lecture 3. Getting Used to Qualitative & Quantitative Journal Articles

Lecture 4. Time Saver: How to Skim Journal Articles Efficiently

Lecture 5. Time Saver: Harvesting Insights from Review Articles

Lecture 6. Going Deeper: Four Types of Journal Focus

Lecture 7. Going Deeper: Journal Impact Factor & Rankings

Section 5. Using Google Scholar to Find Scholarly Sources

Lecture 1. Introduction to Google Scholar

Lecture 2. More Google Scholar Tools

Lecture 3. Advanced Search Tips

Lecture 4. My Library in Google Scholar

Lecture 5. Alerts & Library Links

Section 6. Introduction to Qualitative Methodologies

Lecture 1. Introduction to Qualitative Research

Lecture 2. What is Your Goal? Explain the: Culture, Process, or Situation

Lecture 3. Explain the Culture: Ethnography

Lecture 4. Explain the Process: Grounded Theory

Lecture 5. Explain the Situation: Case Studies

Lecture 6. Pursue Data You Can Get

Lecture 7. Your Method and Research Question Must be Aligned

Lecture 8. Time Saver: Have Only One Question & One Method

Lecture 9. Time Saver: Do a Comparative Project

Section 7. How to Use Dedoose for Your Qualitative Data

Lecture 1. Introduction to Dedoose

Lecture 2. Creating an Account

Lecture 3. Adding Descriptors

Lecture 4. Adding Codes

Lecture 5. Coding Part 2

Lecture 6. Analyzing Tab Overview

Section 8. Making Online Surveys with Google Forms

Lecture 1. Setting Up a Survey in Google Forms

Lecture 2. Tips on Including IRB Ethical Information in Your Survey Description

Lecture 3. Writing Questions- Scales, Short Answer, Multiple Choice

Lecture 4. Writing Questions- Drop Down Menus, Media in Questions, Paragraph Response

Lecture 5. Writing Questions- Grids, Date or Time Response, Choose Between Images

Lecture 6. Viewing Your Data in Google Forms

Lecture 7. Viewing Your Data in Google Sheets and Excel

Lecture 8. Editing Settings in Google Forms

Lecture 9. Sending Your Survey in Google Forms

Section 9. Collecting Survey Respondents with Amazon Mechanical Turk

Lecture 1. Intro to Amazon Turk

Lecture 2. Enter Properties Tab- Amazon Turk

Lecture 3. "Design Layout" and "Preview" Tabs in Amazon Turk

Lecture 4. Downloading Your Results in Excel

Section 10. Using ASA and APA Style

Lecture 1. ASA or APA Style Templates for Your Use

Lecture 2. In- Text Citations

Lecture 3. Formatting References


Section 11. Publicly Available Data and the General Social Survey (GSS)

Lecture 1. Introduction to the General Social Survey (GSS)