on 16 October 2005
This book may be useful to a first year University student, but not beyond. I bought this book as a second year and found it very basic and didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. The one useful thing it contained was advice on writing up a research report, going through the different sections and telling you what to include and what not to. However, this was also very limited and didn't give any examples of real papers or a 'perfect' paper which you can learn from. (As books such as Coolican's 'Research methods and statistics in Psychology' does.)
Overall, I would say only buy this book if you don't already know anything about research methods and you want a basic guide. There are much better ones on the market.