RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

 Chapter 2 on research methodology is not specifically assigned and there will be no exam questions on this material. It is here as a reference if you are unfamiliar with a term or topic discussed later. I recommend that you review this material. Below are some suggested references for more details. I have noted which ones are graduate level. They should be available in the USF library.

My links page has some useful research methods sites.

DeVellis, R. F. (1991). Scale development: Theory and applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. An overview of how psychological scales are created.

Dipboye, R. L. (1990). Laboratory vs. field research in industrial and organizational psychology. (pp. 1-34). In C. L. Cooper, & I. T. Robertson (eds.). International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1990. Chichester, UK: John Wiley. Summarizes how research is done in a variety of I/O areas.

Fowler, F. J., Jr. (1988). Survey research methods. Revised ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. An introduction to survey methods.

Howell, D. C. (1997). Statistical methods for psychology. 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Duxbury. An introductory statistics book which is a bit more advanced and thorough than most.

Hunter, J. E., & Schmidt, F. L. (1990). Methods of meta-analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. A thorough explanation of their controvertial by widely used (at least in I/O) method of meta-analysis. Those without strong statistics backgrounds should first read Rosenthal.

Judd, C. M., Smith, E. R., & Kidder, L. H. (1991). Research methods in social relations. 6th ed. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace. A thorough introduction to field research methodology in the social sciences.

Lewis-Beck, M. (1981). Applied regression: An introduction. Sage University Paper series on Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences, series no. 07-022. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. A simple introduction to multiple regression and how it is used.

Pedhazur, E. J. (1997). Multiple regression in behavioral research. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace. One of the best statistics books available, but definitely graduate level.

Rosenthal, R. (1991). Meta-analytic procedures for social research. Revised ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. A very good overview of one of the major methods by one of the most respected methodologists in psychology.

Spector, P. E. (1981). Research designs. Sage University Paper series on Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences, series no. 07-001. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. A simple introduction to basic research design.

Spector, P. E. (1992). Summated rating scale construction: An introduction. Sage University Paper series on Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences, series no. 07-082. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Another source on how scales are developed.

Tabachnick, B. G., & Fidell, L. S. (1996). Using multivariate statistics, 3rd ed. New York: Harper-Collins. One of the simplest introductions to this advanced topic. A graduate level book.

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