Research Literature and Techniques
Fall 2008
(Academic Building 149N)
9:30 a.m to 12:15 p.m.

Modified: 2008-11-23

Review and research studies produced by investigators in student's major field with emphasis on investigative and verification techniques employed. Demonstrate competence in using systematic research techniques by investigation and formal reporting of a problem. (TAMUT General Catalog, 2007-2008, p. 145)

Edward P. Kardas/870 235-4231/RMIideas Page/

Saturday: Chapters Titles
September 6
Research in the Human Services Web Resources Ch. 1 / Getting Research Ideas
September 13
Class cancelled due to Ike
September 20

Ethical Issues in Social Research, Web Resources Ch. 3 (Last year's test)
APA Section 8, The Logic of Social Research Web Resources Ch. 2 TEST 1

September 27

Issues in Problem Formulation,Web Resources Ch. 4 Experiments Page Selection

October 4
The Process of Measurement, Web Resources Ch. 5 TEST 2 (2, 4 & 5)
October 11
Sampling, Web Resources Ch. 6,
October 18
Survey Research, Web Resources Ch. 7 and Test Writing TEST 3 ( 6 & 7)
October 25
Analysis of Available Data, Web Resources Ch. 8
November 1
Field Research, Web Resources Ch. 9 TEST 4 (8 & 9)
November 8
No Class, I have meeting in Fayetteville, AR
November 15
Qualitative Methods & Single System Designs, Web Resources Ch. 11
November 22
Experimental Research TEST 5 (11 &10)
November 29   No Class Thanksgiving Holiday
December 6  

DEADLINE for final review of: Prospectus and IRB Form (Word Document) is Saturday, December 6.

December 13   Prospectus Presentations You will not use PowerPoint to make your presentations. Instead, use your one-page handout. Send your PowerPoint by e-mail before class on December 13.


Tests will be take home essays. I will post them on this page the day after each class as indicated above. Each test will be worth 15% of your total grade.

You will plan an original research project and create: a written prospectus in APA style (25% of total grade), a submission to TAMUT's IRB (15% of total grade), and a PowerPoint presentation (15% of total grade).

Connecting to TAMUT Databases:

Plagiarism (from Spatz & Kardas, 2008)

Plagiarism is using a written or other intellectual work of someone else and claiming it as your own. Plagiarism is a serious ethical breach. One problem in academic institutions is that many students do not know what constitutes plagiarism, nor do faculty always provide a clear definition (Murray, 2002).

Martin (1994) identifies four types of plagiarism of interest to students: (1) word–for–word plagiarism, (2) paraphrasing plagiarism, (3) plagiarism of secondary sources, and (4) plagiarism of ideas. You can prevent these types of plagiarism in your work by knowing that they are wrong and actively avoiding them. Certainly, plagiarism caused by carelessness or incompetence is curable by skill building.  For example, many students do not realize that cutting and pasting from the Web without acknowledging the original author is plagiarism. In response, some instructors use new tools that detect plagiarism from Web sources (Young, 2001).


Martin, B. (1994). Plagiarism: A misplaced emphasis. Journal of Information Ethics, 3, 36–47.

Murray, B. (2002). Keeping plagiarism at bay in the Internet. Monitor on Psychology, Retrieved September 8, 2006 from

Spatz, C., & Kardas, E. P. (2008). Research methods in psychology: Ideas, techniques, and reports. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Young, J. R. (2001, July 6). The cat–and–mouse game of plagiarism detection, Chronicle of Higher Education, 47, A 26.

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