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Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research (Pine Forge Press Series in Research Methods & Statistics)
Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research (Pine Forge Press Series in Research Methods & Statistics)
by Russell K. Schutt
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He knows where to stop, 20 Jan 2002
Social research is such a vast subject that an author writing a college book on this subject is always tempted by the desire to include everything possible. The result is (no names mentioned) thousand pages' bibles on social research. You've certainly read the Bible; I doubt, though, very much that you've read it all. Worst of all, undergradutes become totally confused, unable to distinguish between important and unimportant things.
Schutt is extremely successful in avoiding this problem. He knows where to stop and he is not scared to stop when necessary. The book contains everything really important for an undergraduate student in social research, described in a plain and (sometimes) entertaining language. Absolutely justifiably, the author concentrates on general problems of social research, leaving complicated technical details beyond the scope of the book.
The book is accompanied by a CD with interactive instructional exercises and data files which makes the use of the book both effective and enjoyable.
My students gave very positive feedback to the last edition of this book. They really like it.


Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers in Education and Social Science (3rd Edition)
Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers in Education and Social Science (3rd Edition)
by Judith Bell
Edition: Paperback

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The subtitle corresponds to the content, 30 Dec 2001
This is one of those rare cases when the subtitle (A guide for first-time researchers) really corresponds to the book's content. Importantly, the book contains a lot of practical guidelines, which other (more serious and more academic) books just disregard as too obvious. The problem is that theoretic knowledge very often cannot solve many practical difficulties you inevitably face doing your first research. I've found this book a useful addition to my course in Methods of Social Research for undergraduates.


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