It has a clear outline that matches the natural research process and the author very consistently adhere to this outline. This does not suggest that the content is wrong, only that I would likely rearrange it to suit my instructional sequence. A glossary is not found within the text, although the table of content lists the topics covered in each of the modules. read more. The text is written in a logical and concise fashion. Other than a brief mention that these are relatively rare, there was nothing. Reviewed by Divya Varier, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 2/8/17, The textbook adequately covers most fundamental concepts related to research methods in the social sciences. It builds upon basic topics to more advanced concepts, so students from various backgrounds of research experience should still find the text useful. The textbook covers the major key elements that are essential in research methods for social science. Because of the basic nature of the materials presented and clear writing, my upper level undergraduate students have done well with this text. read more. Research ethics are discussed in an appendix/addendum.


Research ethics is specifically interested in the analysis of ethical issues that are raised when people are involved as participants in research. Terms were used consistently throughout the text. Reviewed by Debra Mowery, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida on 3/27/18, The text covers all of the areas of basic research information that I cover when I teach research and research methods in the social sciences. The chapter on case study methods would benefit from discussion on the historical and comparative methods that are used in various social science disciplines, as well as some discussion on case selection methods. If this e-text has not been updated since 2012 this may be the issue for the distorted figures. This text is a nice overview of some of the key points in social science research. Participants who accept the risks of research should be in a position to enjoy its benefits. I think this comprehensiveness may be appropriate for an undergraduate course (with some supplementation), but the text... The page layout and brief chapters make it appropriate to assign supplemental readings along with the chapter topics. I really appreciate the broad focus and examples from social science fields. The bolded words invite the reader to create a self-guided glossary, not any different than a textbook in an 8th grade student collection, which is helpful to counter the sometimes sophisticated nature of research theory. It provides an introduction to philosophy as well as... Data Analysis are thorough and clear in presentation of concepts- I definitely would use these chapters in my Research Methods class. I accessed the PDF version and did not experience any issues with text or graphics. Reviewed by Amy Thompson, Associate Professor, University of South Florida on 6/19/18, This text is a nice overview of some of the key points in social science research. The author also states that hypotheses should have IVs and DVs...but what about non-experimental hypotheses?? read more. This gives the text the feel of a word processed document converted to a PDF format, intended to be printed. I did not experience any navigation problems. The concise chapters are undergraduate-friendly and will make a solid foundation with the addition of supplemental reading assignments that show examples of the concepts discussed in the textbook. The book is meticulously researched and I did not note any egregious statements or inaccuracies. Any other updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement. As a fellow social scientist from a high growth area (communication studies), I would appreciate even more breadth! This text is a nice overview of some of the key points in social science research.