Research helps us learn more about the world we live in and pass that knowledge on to future generations. Over the last couple hundred years it has become a vital part of the human experience. By learning some of these skills you can better access this repository of accumulated human knowledge, and even contribute to it!
Or, for the more practically minded... this course will help you write a better paper faster. Better grades, less time.
This course covers:
1) some basic principles in social science research
2) different types of projects you can choose among
3) how to select your topic
4) how to conduct a literature review
5) how to collect and analyze data
6) how to report on your findings and write a strong paper
Google Scholar- for finding scholarly sources
Dedoose- for finding patterns in qualitative data
Google Forms- for writing surveys
Amazon Mechanical Turk- for digitally distributing surveys
In addition this course is always being added to. Upcoming units include material on using SPSS and other statistical software for finding patterns in quantitative data, and Tableau for creating excellent data visualizations.
Dr. Davis earned his PhD in Sociology at the University of California San Diego. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research and faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University and San Diego State University. Davis is the author of a book and multiple articles on higher education, organizations, and work. He regularly teaches research methods, sociology, and social theory courses. His Curriculum Vitae and more information can be found at www.danieldavis.net.
Preview1a. Introduction (0:36)
Start1b. Two Tensions (0:42)
Start1c. Qualitative or Quantitative Data (2:14)
Start1d. Deductive or Inductive Approach (4:07)
Preview1e. Types of Research Methods & Quiz to Help You Decide (6:37)
Start1f. The Main Parts of a Research Paper (5:00)
Start1g. Basics in Research Ethics with Human Subjects (7:15)
Preview2a. Topic Selection & Professional Associations (6:09)
Start2b. You Can Study Anything, Even if it's Not Real: The Thomas Theorem (1:59)
Start2c. Operationalization: Turning Fuzzy Ideas Into Measurable Units (1:23)
Start2d. Turning a Topic Into a Research Question (1:13)
Start2e. Pick Your Topic and Make a Plan
Start2f. Time Saver: Two Common Mistakes to Avoid: 1) Too Broad, 2) Inaccessible Data (3:12)
Start2g. Time Saver: Use Opinion Data to Simplify Your Topic (0:56)