An Introduction to Survey Research, Volume II: Carrying Out the Survey, Second Edition


Survey research is a powerful tool to help understand how and why individuals behave the way they do. Properly conducted, surveys can provide accurate insights into areas such as attitudes, opinions, motivations, and values, which serve as the drivers of individual behavior. This two-volume book is intended to introduce funda- mentals of good survey research to students and practitioners of the survey process as well as end-users of survey information.
This second volume focuses on carrying out a survey— including how to formulate survey questions, steps that researchers must use when conducting the survey, and impacts of rapidly changing technology on survey design and execution. The authors conclude with an important, but often neglected aspect of surveys—the presentation of results in different formats appropriate to different audiences.


About the Author(s)

Ernest L. Cowles

Ernest L. Cowles is professor emeritus of sociology and past director of the Institute for Social Research at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). He received his PhD in criminology from Fl…

Edward Nelson

Edward Nelson is professor emeritus of sociology at California State University, Fresno. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in research metho…

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March 31, 2019





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