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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.