e-Articles (Chapter 5)
Here are the titles of some full-length research articles that illustrate concepts discussed in this chapter. To view any article on-line, simply click on its title.
Illustrates how the response rate of mailed questionnaires can end up being less than desirable. (See the first paragraph of the "Results" section.) Surprisingly, no attempt was made to contact those who did not respond.
Provides a nice example of how researchers using mailed surveys should report and comment on their response rates. See (1) the last 2 sentences in the second paragraph and (2) the second sentence in the final paragraph.
Shows the use of a probability sample. Also shows how respondents can be compared against nonrespondents in an effort to investigate a possible response bias. (See the first 2 paragraphs of the article's "Methods" section.)
Shows that snowball samples are sometimes used in applied research studies. (See the first 2 sentences of the "Procedure" section.)
Illustrates the use of a systematic sample. (See the third paragraph of the "Methods" section of the full article.)
This study is noteworthy for 2 reasons. First, the mailed questionnaire produced a response rate of 96.6%. Second, the researchers showed a concern for response bias (even though the response rate was so high) by comparing early to late respondents. (See the "Data Collection" section of the article.)
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