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An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods explains the key elements of scientific philosophy and basic research concepts. It discusses all parts of the research process, including: - generating research ideas - communicating research and using library resources - sampling and research design; reliability and validity - quantitative and qualitative data collection; data analysis, display, and interpretation - the use of geographic information techniques Conceptual points are illustrated throughout with examples and demonstrated with specific exercises. The text applies the research philosophy and methods of the social and behavioral sciences to topics in human geography. The text is intended for undergraduate and graduate geography courses on research methods; it will be valuable as a reference work or primer for students, faculty, and other professionals who want a concise and integrated introduction to research methods in human geography.