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Latest titles in the fields of quantitative and qualitative methodology.

"Designing Experiements and Analyzing Data: A Model Comparison Perspective, 3rd Edition"
By Scott E. Maxwell, Harold D. Delaney, Ken Kelley 
Published 2018 by Routledge ($87.50 hardback; e-books also available) 

This book provides the framework for understanding and designing research studies. Experimental design, both fundamental and complex, are covered in detail in concept, logic and application. A discussion of data analysis strategies follows, emphasizing the relationship between research design and analysis. Instructional content included in this book consists of flowcharts for decision-making, formulas, programming code and advice, and exercises with sample datasets for further practice. Students and researchers alike will learn to choose optimal study designs and corresponding analyses for their data.

"An Introduction to Text Mining: Research Design, Data Collection, and Analysis"
By Gabe Ignatow and Rada Mihalcea 
Published October 2017 by Sage Publishing ($60.00 paperback; e-books also available)

In this book, readers will be introduced to basic concepts and issues related to text mining. This new method of analyzing large volumes of qualitative data, often from digital sources, introduces new, modern concerns that must be taken into consideration by researchers. Some issues covered in this book include web scraping, data selection and sampling, and various text analysis methods. In addition to technical guidelines, this book also reflects on ethical aspects of this contemporary method. 

"Measurement Theory and Applications for the Social Sciences"
By Deborah L. Bandalos 
Published January 2018 by Guildford Press ($63.75 hardback; e-books also available)

Measurement theory applies to a wide range of disciplines in psychology, and this book describes important considerations for all researchers. For those who use psychological instruments, the book provides information on evaluating the quality of a measure (e.g., administration, scoring, interpretation and development). In addition, for those involved in the creation of psychological instruments, the book also includes topics such as scale development, item writing, factor analysis and fairness, and standard setting. Examples and exercises are included throughout to facilitate use in educational settings and encourage critical thinking.

"Diary Methods: Understanding Qualitative Research"
By Lauri L. Hyers 
Published December 2017 by Oxford University Press

Diary research is a unique research method that is constantly evolving. Researchers will find guidance and advice in this book to understand what it means to conduct diary research and critically evaluate related research designs. The book covers historical uses and archival data sources, as well as data collection, data management, modern analysis and coding methodology. Additionally, ethical considerations of using new and archival diary sources are discussed. Expert insight is provided to ensure success for those involved in diary research methodology.

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