The Practice of Social Research
Known throughout academia as the gold standard of research methods texts, THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH, 12th Edition, is a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to the field of research as practiced by social scientists. This best-selling text emphasizes the research process by showing students how to design and construct projects, introducing the various observation modes in use today, and answering questions about research methods--such as how to conduct online surveys and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data. THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH gives students the tools they need to apply research concepts practically, as both researchers and consumers.
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A straightforward, comprehensive, and approachable guide to research as practiced by social scientists, the Thirteenth Edition of Babbie's "gold-standard" text gives you the tools you need to apply ... Read full review
Ignore a number of the reviews below. Some 'reviewers' seem to have a problem with it being dull. Well, here's a suggestion: if you don't want to read academic textbooks, maybe a university degree isn't for you.
This is a great book, I use it all the time. It offers an invaluable insight into social research techniques, and covers all the basics.