This is an excellent book. I went through an M.A. program at CA State University asking to be taught what was in this book, yet never being taught it. Then I got into an M.S. program at another CA State University and this book was the required text. I was stunned. It was everything I had been asking for during my M.A. program yet was never helped with. This book is so clear regarding the scientific method and how to use it, that I will keep this as a reference text for life. The writing of this book keeps a potentially dull topic lively but most importantly, this book is clear and well-organized. The tips it gives make it very clear how one goes about conducting research and producing a scientific paper. I HIGHLY recommend this book and wish I had been given it many years ago. I actually think this should be required reading for all high school students as it is very important information that everyone should know, not just as a designer, student, scientist, but also as a consumer and one who has to gauge what statistics mean in their own lives. If I ever teach, I will figure out a way to use this book as a required text.