Sociological Research Methodology: An Introductory Cross-Sectional-Study for Jordanian Entry-Level Undergraduate Students

Mohammad Husni Abumelhim


This article is intended as an introductory cross-sectional-study of works on social research writing. It is meant for those interested in social research writing of all levels, generally speaking, but for Jordanian entry-level undergraduate students in particular. It covers the scientific method of social inquiry, including questions of how to formulate a research problem, how to gather references and how to actually write research, keeping in mind that research is a circular rather than linear process. It is the hope of the author that Jordanian entry-level undergraduate students especially will find the works summarized in this article, in addition to the research tools they discuss, useful. Moreover, this study is intended as a contribution to the subject of sociological research methodology as a whole.


Sociology; Research methodology; Introductory; Jordanian entry-level undergraduates

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Booth, W., Colomb G., & Williams J. (2003). The craft of research (second edition). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Breuning, M. (XXXX). Content analysis, 21st century political science: A reference handbook. Sage Publication.

Buttolph, J., & Richard, J. (2001). Political science research methods. Congressional Quarterly, Inc.

Gadamer, H. (XXXX). Philosophical hermeneutics (pp.13-59). In M. al-Zain (translated into Arabic).

King, G., Keohane, R., & Verba, S. (1994). Designing social inquiry. Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton University Press.

Lijphart, A. (1971). Comparative politics and the comparative methods. University of Leiden.

Mahoney, J. (2007). Qualitative methodology and comparative politics. Comparative Political Studies.

Zinnes, D. A. (1980). Three puzzles in search of a researcher. International Studies Quarterly, 24, 315-342.



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