This text offers an integrated scheme for preparing research designs and proposals for students in the social sciences. The book is concerned with the planning of social research projects rather than how to conduct them, and in the process it connects the techniques of research with key methodological issues in the social sciences. The author places particular emphasis on the formulation of research questions and the selection of appropriate research strategies (logics of enquiry) to answer them. He argues that other design decisions, such as the selection of data sources and methods of data collection and analysis, must be made in the light of the particular assumptions associated with each research strategy. The basic requirements for research designs and proposals are laid out at the beginning of the book, followed by discussion of the major design elements, and the choices that need to be made about them. Four sample research designs at the end of the volume illustrate the use of research strategies. The need to achieve consistency in design decisions is stressed throughout the book.