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Thinking like a political scientist : a practical guide to research methods, Christopher Howard

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Thinking like a political scientist : a practical guide to research methods
Title
Thinking like a political scientist
Title remainder
a practical guide to research methods
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Howard
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Language
eng
Summary
Each year, tens of thousands of students who are interested in politics go through a rite of passage: they take a course in research methods. Many find the subject to be boring or confusing, and with good reason. Most of the standard books on research methods fail to highlight the most important concepts and questions. Instead, they brim with dry technical definitions and focus heavily on statistical analysis, slighting other valuable methods. This approach not only dulls potential enjoyment of the course, but prevents students from mastering the skills they need to engage more directly and meaningfully with a wide variety of research. With wit and practical wisdom, Christopher Howard draws on more than a decade of experience teaching research methods to transform a typically dreary subject and teach budding political scientists the critical skills they need to read published research more effectively and produce better research of their own. The first part of the book is devoted to asking three fundamental questions in political science: What happened? Why? Who cares? In the second section, Howard demonstrates how to answer these questions by choosing an appropriate research design, selecting cases, and working with numbers and written documents as evidence. Drawing on examples from American and comparative politics, international relations, and public policy, Thinking Like a Political Scientist highlights the most common challenges that political scientists routinely face, and each chapter concludes with exercises so that students can practice dealing with those challenges.--
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1961-
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Howard, Christopher
Dewey number
320.072
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JA71
LC item number
.H69 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing
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  • Political science
  • Political science
  • Research
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Thinking like a political scientist : a practical guide to research methods, Christopher Howard
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Publication
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31223122330427
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Using numbers as evidence
  • Asking good questions.
  • Who cares?
  • What happened?
  • Why?
  • Generating good answers.
  • Choosing a research design
  • Choosing cases
  • Using documents as evidence
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9780226327549
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016015890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)946277012
Label
Thinking like a political scientist : a practical guide to research methods, Christopher Howard
Publication
Bar code
31223122330427
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Using numbers as evidence
  • Asking good questions.
  • Who cares?
  • What happened?
  • Why?
  • Generating good answers.
  • Choosing a research design
  • Choosing cases
  • Using documents as evidence
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9780226327549
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016015890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)946277012

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