Abstract: This book enables readers to compare three approaches to research - qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods - in a single research methods text. The book examines these methodologies side by side within the process of research, from the beginning steps of philosophical assumptions to the writing and presenting of research. Written in a user-friendly manner, this text showcases ideas in a system of scaffolds so that the reader understands concepts from the simple to the complex." "This text is appropriate for students taking research design and research methods classes throughout the social and behavioral sciences - from undergraduates to students in the most advanced doctoral programs. Contents Pt. I. Preliminary Considerations 1. The Selection of a Research Design 2. Review of the Literature 3. The Use of Theory 4. Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations Pt. II. Designing Research 5. The Introduction 6. The Purpose Statement 7. Research Questions and Hypotheses 8. Quantitative Methods 9. Qualitative Procedures 10. Mixed Methods Procedures.