• Humanities & Social Sciences
      June 2016

      Changing Values, Attitudes and Behaviours in Ireland

      An Analysis of European Social Survey Data in Ireland, 2002-2012

      by Author(s): Michael J. Breen, Amy Erbe Healy

      The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe’s changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. Established in 2001, and currently preparing for its seventh round, this biennial cross-sectional survey covers more than thirty nations and employs the most rigorous methodologies. This volume provides an analysis of the Irish data over six rounds of the European Social Survey, focusing on the internal changes over time in Ireland and situating these changes in a broader European context.The book’s core chapter deal with the primary themes of the European Social Survey: Institutional Trust, Democracy and Legitimacy; Political Engagement and Socio-Political Values; Moral and Social Values; Social Capital and Social Exclusion; and National, Ethnic, and Religious Identity. A separate chapter focuses on the survey’s rotating modules, which change from survey to survey. These topics include Citizenship, Involvement and Democracy; Immigration; Well-Being; Health; Economic Morality in Europe and Welfare Attitudes; and Trust in Criminal Justice. Each chapter provides a list of background literature to the topic in Ireland, an analysis of the data that will be both accessible for the general reader, but offering something deeper to the expert, and a clear comparison of how the Irish data fit in with the rest of Europe. This book charts a changing Ireland over a highly significant period of its history. Given the significance of the ESS as the most rigorous social science survey in Europe and the scope of its questionnaires, this volume is highly pertinent both in terms of how it maps political, social, demographic and attitudinal changes in Ireland, and in the way it places those changes within a European context.

    • Library & information services
      February 2015

      Mining Author Cocitation Data with SAS Enterprise Guide

      by Author(s): Sean B. Eom

      Author cocitation analysis (ACA) is a subfield of informetrics, which is a broader term referring to the quantitative study of retrieval and processing bibliometric data collected from all types of communication media, including journals, books, and conference proceedings. While ACA is one of the few research methodologies that transcend the individual field of inquiry, and despite its usefulness and capabilities to reveal a larger vista hidden in bibliographic databases, it is not a particularly popular research tool in some academic disciplines. This book covers all essential ACA topics for graduate students and researchers who want to learn the basics and the research techniques to delineate the intellectual structure of various academic disciplines, compare cumulative research traditions, demonstrate theoretical differences between competing approaches, and to trace a paradigm shift in various academic disciplines over time.

    • Research & information: general
      October 2017

      Doing Academic Research

      by Author(s): Ekpe Inyang

      Written in simple and straightforward language, this book will prove useful in reducing the stress that undergraduate students feel when conducting research and embarking on scientific writing. It contains several essential aspects of general research methodology, and simplifies important concepts and procedures that students need to fully grasp in order to tackle their academic assignments with confidence. Assuming no previous knowledge on the part of the reader, it is richly supported with examples, and will serve as a friendly companion to any student who aims for academic excellence. Practitioners in the field, and even teachers of research methodology, will also find the book useful as a revision guide.

    • Library & information services
      February 2015

      Mining Author Cocitation Data with SAS Enterprise Guide

      by Author(s): Sean B. Eom

      Author cocitation analysis (ACA) is a subfield of informetrics, which is a broader term referring to the quantitative study of retrieval and processing bibliometric data collected from all types of communication media, including journals, books, and conference proceedings. While ACA is one of the few research methodologies that transcend the individual field of inquiry, and despite its usefulness and capabilities to reveal a larger vista hidden in bibliographic databases, it is not a particularly popular research tool in some academic disciplines. This book covers all essential ACA topics for graduate students and researchers who want to learn the basics and the research techniques to delineate the intellectual structure of various academic disciplines, compare cumulative research traditions, demonstrate theoretical differences between competing approaches, and to trace a paradigm shift in various academic disciplines over time.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      June 2016

      Changing Values, Attitudes and Behaviours in Ireland

      An Analysis of European Social Survey Data in Ireland, 2002-2012

      by Author(s): Michael J. Breen, Amy Erbe Healy

      The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe’s changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. Established in 2001, and currently preparing for its seventh round, this biennial cross-sectional survey covers more than thirty nations and employs the most rigorous methodologies. This volume provides an analysis of the Irish data over six rounds of the European Social Survey, focusing on the internal changes over time in Ireland and situating these changes in a broader European context.The book’s core chapter deal with the primary themes of the European Social Survey: Institutional Trust, Democracy and Legitimacy; Political Engagement and Socio-Political Values; Moral and Social Values; Social Capital and Social Exclusion; and National, Ethnic, and Religious Identity. A separate chapter focuses on the survey’s rotating modules, which change from survey to survey. These topics include Citizenship, Involvement and Democracy; Immigration; Well-Being; Health; Economic Morality in Europe and Welfare Attitudes; and Trust in Criminal Justice. Each chapter provides a list of background literature to the topic in Ireland, an analysis of the data that will be both accessible for the general reader, but offering something deeper to the expert, and a clear comparison of how the Irish data fit in with the rest of Europe. This book charts a changing Ireland over a highly significant period of its history. Given the significance of the ESS as the most rigorous social science survey in Europe and the scope of its questionnaires, this volume is highly pertinent both in terms of how it maps political, social, demographic and attitudinal changes in Ireland, and in the way it places those changes within a European context.

    • Research & information: general
      October 2017

      Doing Academic Research

      by Author(s): Ekpe Inyang

      Written in simple and straightforward language, this book will prove useful in reducing the stress that undergraduate students feel when conducting research and embarking on scientific writing. It contains several essential aspects of general research methodology, and simplifies important concepts and procedures that students need to fully grasp in order to tackle their academic assignments with confidence. Assuming no previous knowledge on the part of the reader, it is richly supported with examples, and will serve as a friendly companion to any student who aims for academic excellence. Practitioners in the field, and even teachers of research methodology, will also find the book useful as a revision guide.

    • Business & management
      March 2007

      Data Modeling Theory and Practice

      by Graeme Simsion

      Data modeling theory and practice is for practitioners and academics who have learned the conventions and rules of data modeling and are looking for a deeper understanding of the discipline. The coverage of theory includes a detailed review of the extensive literature on data modeling and logical database design, referencing nearly 500 publications, with a strong focus on their relevance to practice. The practice component incorporates the largest-ever study of data modeling practitioners, involving over 450 participants in interviews, surveys and data modeling tasks. The results challenge many long-held assumptions about data modeling and will be of interest to academics and practitioners alike. Graeme Simsion brings to the book the practical perspective and intellectual clarity that have made his Data Modeling Essentials a classic in the field. He begins with a question about the nature of data modeling (design or description), and uses it to illuminate such issues as the definition of data modeling, its philosophical underpinnings, inputs and deliverables, the necessary behaviors and skills, the role of creativity, product diversity, quality measures, personal styles, and the differences between experts and novices. Data Modeling Theory and Practice is essential reading for anyone involved in data modeling practice, research, or teaching. Graeme Simsion is uniquely qualified to draw together the theory and practice of data modeling. His 30 years industry experience includes data modeling, database design and administration, data management, process design, and IT strategy. For twenty years he was CEO of a prominent Australian information systems consultancy, and oversaw numerous data modeling projects as well as continuing to consult in his own right. He is well-known as a presenter at industry forums, and a leader of data modeling master classes around the world. Graeme has maintained a close relationship with academe throughout his career, holding honorary several university appointments, speaking at academic conferences, supporting research, and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in data modeling. He has been publishing occasional journal articles since 1981, and between 2002 and 2006 was a full-time researcher in data modeling at the University of Melbourne. He holds postgraduate qualifications in both information systems and business administration, and was awarded a PhD for the research reported in this book.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2017

      The Ethics of Online Research

      by Kandy Woodfield

      This volume focuses on the ethics of internet and social networking research exploring the challenges faced by researchers making use of social media and big data in their research. The internet, the world wide web and social media – indeed all forms of online communications – are attractive fields of research across a range of disciplines. They offer opportunities for methodological initiatives and innovations in research and easily accessed, massive amounts of primary and secondary data sources. This collection examines the new challenges posed by data generated online, explores how researchers are addressing those ethical challenges, and provides rich case studies of ethical decision making in the digital age.

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