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Wallace Center Acquires Sage Encyclopedia of Research Design

Oct 19th, 2010 -- research

The Wallace Center has acquired an online resource that can help PIs with designing experiments and analysis methods.  The Encyclopedia of Research Design  is a resource intended for all users, particularly those from the social and behavioral sciences, but also for those interested in statistical techniques in general.  It is a reference tool for users who may be interested in learning more about a particular research technique (such as "control group" or "reliability").  Users can search the Encyclopedia for specific information or browse the Reader's Guide to find topics of interest.  For readers who want to pursue a topic further, each entry ends with both a list of related entries in the Encyclopedia and a set of further readings in the literature, often including online sources.

With more than 500 entries, the Encyclopedia of Research Design explains how to make decisions about research design, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results. It also includes bibliographic entries for significant articles in the history of research design and reviews of contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures, used to analyze results.

Key Features

  • Covers the spectrum of research design strategies, from material presented in introductory classes to topics necessary in graduate research
  • Addresses cross- and multidisciplinary research needs, with many examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciences
  • Provides summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used strategies
  • Uses hundreds of sample tables, figures, and equations based on real-life cases

About the Author

Neil J. Salkind has been teaching at the University of Kansas for 30 years in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education.  He taught courses in developmental theories, life-span development, statistics, and research methods.  He received his PhD in human development from the University of Maryland.  He has published more than 80 professional papers and is the author of several college-level textbooks.