Investigating the Social World

The Process and Practice of Research


Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Investigating the Social World, Eighth Edition.

The SAGE edge site for Investigating the Social World by Russell K. Schutt offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.


In this exciting new Eighth Edition of his leading social research text, author Russell K. Schutt, an award-winning researcher and teacher, continues to make the field come alive through research stories that illustrate the methods presented in each chapter. Through numerous examples and hands-on exercises that help students learn by doing, Investigating the Social World helps readers understand research methods as an integrated whole. Readers will learn to appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and understand the need to make ethical research decisions while also learning about research on contemporary social issues like the Internet and social relations, the police response to domestic violence, the sources of democracy, the determinants of voting, the impact of disasters, and the causes of violence.


We gratefully acknowledge Russell K. Schutt for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Melissa Ryan, Whitney Gecker, George Guay, and Kathryn Stoeckert Sabella for developing the ancillaries on this site.