New Book Acquisitions

Survey Methodology, 2nd Edition
By: Robert Groves, et al. 2009.

This new edition of Survey Methodology continues to provide a state-of-the-science presentation of essential survey methodology topics and techniques. The volume’s six world-renowned authors have updated this Second Edition to present newly emerging approaches to survey research and provide more comprehensive coverage of the major considerations in designing and conducting a sample survey.

Key topics in survey methodology are clearly explained in the book’s chapters, with coverage including sampling frame evaluation, sample design, development of questionnaires, evaluation of questions, alternative modes of data collection, interviewing, nonresponse, post-collection processing of survey data, and practices for maintaining scientific integrity. Acknowledging the growing advances in research and technology, the Second Edition features:

* Updated explanations of sampling frame issues for mobile telephone and web surveys
*New scientific insight on the relationship between nonresponse rates and nonresponse errors
*Restructured discussion of ethical issues in survey research, emphasizing the growing research results on privacy, informed consent, and confidentiality issues
*The latest research findings on effective questionnaire development techniques
* The addition of 50% more exercises at the end of each chapter, illustrating basic principles of survey design
*An expanded FAQ chapter that addresses the concerns that accompany newly established methods

Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method
By: Don A. Dillman, Jolene D. Smyth, and Leah Melani Christian. 2008.

A complete, start-to-finish guide for every researcher to successfully plan and conduct Internet, mail, and telephone surveys, Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, Third Edition presents a succinct review of survey research methods, equipping you to increase the validity and reliability, as well as response rates, of your surveys. Now thoroughly updated and revised with information about all aspects of survey research grounded — in the most current research — the new edition provides practical how-to guidelines on optimally using the Internet, mail, and phone channels to your advantage.

The Psychology of Survey Response
By: Roger Tourangeau, Lance J. Rips and Kenneth Rasinski. 2000.

Drawing on classic and modern research from cognitive psychology, social psychology, and survey methodology, this book examines the psychological roots of survey data, how survey responses are formulated, and how seemingly unimportant features of the survey can affect the answers obtained. Topics include the comprehension of survey questions, the recall of relevant facts and beliefs, estimation and inferential processes people use to answer survey questions, the sources of the apparent instability of public opinion, the difficulties in getting responses into the required format, and distortions introduced into surveys by deliberate misreporting.

Generalized Latent Variable Modeling: Multilevel, Longitudinal, and Structural Equation Models
By: Anders Skrondal and Sophia Rabe-Hesketh. 2004.

This book unifies and extends latent variable models, including multilevel or generalized linear mixed models, longitudinal or panel models, item response or factor models, latent class or finite mixture models, and structural equation models. Following a gentle introduction to latent variable modeling, a wide range of estimation and prediction methods from biostatistics, psychometrics, econometrics, and statistics are explained and contrasted in a simple way. Exciting and realistic applications demonstrate how researchers can use latent variable modeling to solve concrete problems in areas as diverse as medicine, economics, and psychology. Many nonstandard response types are considered including ordinal, nominal, count, and survival data. Joint modeling of mixed responses such as survival and longitudinal data is also illustrated. Numerous displays, figures, and graphs make the text vivid and easy to read.

Cultural Anthropology, 13th Edition
By: Conrad Philip Kottak. 2009.

A recent National Academy of Sciences inductee, Conrad Phillip Kottak offers an up-to-date holistic introduction to cultural anthropology. Kottak emphasizes why anthropology should matter to students and how students can use anthropology to better understand themselves. “Bringing It All Together” essays found on the online learning center demonstrate the integrated and comparative nature of anthropology. New “Through the Eyes of Others” essays offer the perspectives of foreign students and recent graduates who present their own cultures of origin in contrast with contemporary American culture. Thought-provoking questions now begin each chapter to highlight key themes and spark discussions and critical thinking.

Population Ageing and the Well-Being of Older Persons in Thailand: Past Trends, Current Situation and Future Challenges
By: John Knodel and Napaporn Chayovan. 2008.

This report focuses on the rapid demographic change that has taken place in Thailand during the last three to four decades leading to the country becoming the most “aged” in South-East Asia next only to Singapore. This is explained by the significant declines in fertility (from 6.4 to 1.8) and improvements in longevity (from 52 to 71 years) during the second half of the 20th century. These trends can be attributed to effective government and civil society programmes to improve the health of the population and promote voluntary family planning. This led to population ageing that poses new challenges to families, communities as well as to nations as a whole.

Dissecting the social: on the principles of analytical sociology
By: Peter Hedström. 2005.

Over the past few decades serious reservations have been expressed about the explanatory power of sociological theory and research. In this important book leading sociologist Peter Hedström outlines the foundations of an analytically oriented sociology that seeks to address this criticism. Building on his earlier influential contributions to contemporary debates, Professor Hedström argues for a systematic development of sociological theory so that it has the explanatory power and precision to inform sociological research and understanding. He discusses various mechanisms of action and interaction and shows how strong links can be forged between the micro and the macro, and between theory and empirical research. Combining new approaches to theory and methodology and using extensive examples to illustrate how they might be applied, this clear, concise and original book will appeal to a broad range of social scientists.

Applied regression analysis and generalized linear models
By: John Fox. 2008.

Combining a modern, data-analytic perspective with a focus on applications in the social sciences, the Second Edition of Applied Regression Analysis and Generalized Linear Models provides in-depth coverage of regression analysis, generalized linear models, and closely related methods. Although the text is largely accessible to readers with a modest background in statistics and mathematics, author John Fox also presents more advanced material throughout the book.

Key Updates to the Second Edition:
• Provides greatly enhanced coverage of generalized linear models, with an emphasis on models for categorical and count data
• Offers new chapters on missing data in regression models and on methods of model selection
• Includes expanded treatment of robust regression, time-series regression, nonlinear regression, and nonparametric regression
• Incorporates new examples using larger data sets
• Includes an extensive Web site at that presents appendixes, data sets used in the book and for data-analytic exercises, and the data-analytic exercises themselves

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