(noun) “[A]n established scholarly research method that involves asking a question, researching existing sources, forming a hypothesis, designing and conducting a study, and drawing conclusions” (OpenStax College 2012).
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- “Although no single method can eliminate uncertainty, the steps embodied in the scientific method maximize the chances for deriving information that is relevant, unbiased, and economical” (Hughes and Kroehler 2008:31).
Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2008. Sociology: The Core. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.
OpenStax College. 2012. Approaches to Sociological Research. Connexions. June 12, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42796/1.3/).