Table of contents for Seven rules for social research / Glenn Firebaugh.

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Contents
Preface
CHAPTER 1. THE FIRST RULE 
- THERE SHOULD BE THE POSSIBILITY OF SURPRISE IN SOCIAL RESEARCH
SELECTING A RESEARCH QUESTION 
RESEARCHABLE QUESTIONS
INTERESTING QUESTIONS
SELECTING A SAMPLE
SAMPLES IN QUALITATIVE STUDIES
IS MEANINGFUL SOCIAL RESEARCH POSSIBLE?
SUMMARY OF CHAPTER 1
STUDENT EXERCISES ON RULE 1
CHAPTER 2. THE SECOND RULE
- LOOK FOR DIFFERENCES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND REPORT THEM
YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN A VARIABLE WITH A CONSTANT
MAXIMIZING VARIANCE TO FIND THE EFFECT OF A CAUSE 
SIZE VERSUS STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE
COMPARING EFFECTS WHERE THERE IS A COMMON METRIC
CALIBRATION: CONVERTING EXPLANATORY VARIABLES TO A COMMON METRIC
SUBSTANTIVE PROFILING: THE USE OF TELLING COMPARISONS 
VISUAL PRESENTATION OF RESULTS
POLICY IMPORTANCE
IMPORTANCE FOR THEORY
CONCLUSION
STUDENT EXERCISES ON RULE 2
CHAPTER 3. THE THIRD RULE
- BUILD REALITY CHECKS INTO YOUR RESEARCH
INTERNAL REALITY CHECKS
REALITY CHECKS ON DATA -DUBIOUS VALUES AND INCOMPLETE DATA
REALITY CHECKS ON MEASURES - AIM FOR CONSISTENCY IN CONCEPTUALIZATION AND 
MEASUREMENT
REALITY CHECKS ON MODELS - THE FORMAL EQUIVALENCE CHECK
EXTERNAL REALITY CHECKS: VALIDATION WITH OTHER DATA AND METHODS
USING CAUSAL-PROCESS OBSERVATIONS TO TEST PLAUSIBILITY OF RESULTS
USING ETHNOGRAPHIC DATA TO HELP INTERPRET SURVEY RESULTS 
OTHER EXAMPLES OF MULTIPLE-METHOD RESEARCH
CONCLUDING REMARK
STUDENT EXERCISES ON RULE 3
CHAPTER 4. THE FOURTH RULE
- REPLICATE WHERE POSSIBLE 
SOURCES OF UNCERTAINTY IN SOCIAL RESEARCH
OVERVIEW: FROM POPULATION TO SAMPLE AND BACK TO POPULATION
MEASUREMENT ERROR AS A SOURCE OF UNCERTAINTY 
ILLUSTRATION: TWO METHODS FOR ESTIMATING GLOBAL POVERTY
TOWARD A SOLUTION: IDENTICAL ANALYSES OF PARALLEL DATA SETS
META-ANALYSIS: SYNTHESIZING RESULTS FORMALLY ACROSS STUDIES
SUMMARY: YOUR CONFIDENCE INTERVALS ARE TOO SMALL
STUDENT EXERCISES ON RULE 4 - REPLICATION 
CHAPTER 5. THE FIFTH RULE
- COMPARE LIKE WITH LIKE
CORRELATION AND CAUSATION
TYPES OF STRATEGIES FOR COMPARING LIKE WITH LIKE
MATCHING VERSUS LOOKING FOR DIFFERENCES
THE STANDARD REGRESSION METHOD FOR COMPARING LIKE WITH LIKE
CRITIQUE OF THE STANDARD LINEAR REGRESSION STRATEGY
COMPARING LIKE WITH LIKE THROUGH FIXED-EFFECTS METHODS
FIRST-DIFFERENCE MODELS: SUBTRACTING OUT THE EFFECTS OF WS
SPECIAL CASE: GROWTH RATE MODELS
SIBLING MODELS
COMPARING LIKE WITH LIKE THROUGH MATCHING ON MEASURED VARIABLES
EXACT MATCHING
PROPENSITY-SCORE METHOD
MATCHING AS A PREPROCESSING STRATEGY FOR REDUCING MODEL DEPENDENCE
COMPARING LIKE WITH LIKE THROUGH NATURALLY-OCCURRING RANDOM ASSIGNMENT
INSTRUMENTAL VARIABLES: MATCHING THROUGH PARTIAL RANDOM ASSIGNMENT
MATCHING THROUGH NATURALLY-OCCURRING RANDOM ASSIGNMENT TO THE 
TREATMENT GROUP
COMPARISON OF STRATEGIES FOR COMPARING LIKE WITH LIKE
CONCLUSION
STUDENT EXERCISES ONE RULE 5
CHAPTER 6. THE SIXTH RULE
- USE PANEL DATA TO STUDY INDIVIDUAL CHANGE AND REPEATED CROSS-
SECTION DATA TO STUDY SOCIAL CHANGE
ANALYTIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PANEL AND REPEATED CROSS-SECTION DATA
THREE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT CHANGE
CHANGING-EFFECT MODELS, PART I: TWO POINTS IN TIME
CHANGING-EFFECT MODELS, PART II: MULTILEVEL MODELS WITH TIME AS THE CONTEXT 
WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW 
THE GENERAL MULTILEVEL MODEL
CONVERGENCE MODELS
THE SIGN TEST FOR CONVERGENCE: COMPARING YOUR AND 
CONVERGENCE MODEL VERSUS CHANGING-EFFECT MODEL
BRIDGING INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE: ESTIMATING COHORT REPLACEMENT 
EFFECTS
AN ACCOUNTING SCHEME FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
LINEAR DECOMPOSITION METHOD
CHAPTER SUMMARY
STUDENT EXERCISES ON RULE 6
CHAPTER 7. THE SEVENTH RULE
- LET METHOD BE THE SERVANT, NOT THE MASTER
OBSESSION WITH REGRESSION
NATURALLY-OCCURRING RANDOM ASSIGNMENT, AGAIN
DECOMPOSITION WORK IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
DECOMPOSITION OF VARIANCE AND INEQUALITY
DECOMPOSITION OF SEGREGATION INDEXES
THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL CONTEXT
CONTEXT EFFECTS AS OBJECTS OF STUDY
CONTEXT EFFECTS AS NUISANCE
CRITICAL TESTS IN SOCIAL RESEARCH
CONCLUSION
STUDENT EXERCISES ON RULE 7
REFERENCES CITED
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Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Social sciences -- Research.
Psychology -- Research.
Education research.
Public health -- Research.
Qualitative research.
Quantitative research.