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This important and original new textbook gives an introduction to the use of documentary sources in social research. It will be an excellent companion to courses in research methods in the social sciences and history and a reference text for those beginning research on documentary sources. The book begins with an overview of the nature of social research and the variety of methods which can be used. Scott identifies three types of evidence useful in such research – physical evidence, personal evidence and documentary evidence. He argues that the logic of research is common to each type of evidence, but that each involves specific methodological issues. An appraisal grid for the analysis of documents is presented, showing the criteria which must be used in evaluating documentary sources. In the following chapters these criteria are applied to the variety of documentary sources available to the social researcher: census data and official statistics; government publications; directories and yearbooks; personal diaries; letters, etc. Examples from actual research are given throughout. A Matter of Record is a comprehensive and practical guide to methods in social research. Its publication will be welcomed by teachers and students in a wide range of subjects.
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John Scott is a reader in sociology at the University of Leicester, where he has taught since 1976. He is the author of Directors of Industry (1984) and Corporations, Classes and Capitalism (1979).
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Book Description (Polity Press 1987), 1987. Paperback. Condition: Used: Very Good. NICE CONDITION SOFTCOVER BOOK. NO WRITING OR MARKINGS IN TEXT BESDIES SOME UNDERLINING ON FIRST COUPLE PAGES. ONLY LIGHT WEAR TO COVER. A CLEAN & SOLID BOOK. Seller Inventory # G-2160
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Book Description Polity Press, 1987. Paperback. With newspaper article pasted to front endpapers, otherwise very good. vii + 212pp. Seller Inventory # C14159
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Book Description Polity Press, Cambridge, 1987. Soft Cover. First Edition. Octavo, dark blue wraps, 212pp., tables. Very slight wear only. A near-fine copy. Seller Inventory # 14933