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 research concepts practically, as both a researcher and a consumer. Babbie emphasizes the process by showing you how to design and construct projects, introducing the various observation modes in use today, and answering critical questions about research methods–such as how to conduct online surveys and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data.
About the Author
Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestseller, THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (Cengage).
Earl Babbie has the best social research book on the market (and this is coming from a former college instructor). Research is a challenge for most students to understand, and you must be committed to earning the highest grade you can in order for this book to be of assistance to you. If you put in the time, this book will give you a solid foundation of research concepts, terminology and a basic understanding of the way professionals conduct studies. I am dismayed to see the cost of the book, the only reason it gets 4 stars,instead of 5. As with most college textbooks, covering the entire book in a semester is almost impossible.
However, I would like to make others aware that there is a separate International edition of this text. While I ordered the version represented in this listing (the U.S. version) used, what I received was the International edition. This version can be found elsewhere on Amazon for less than half the cost of what I paid for what I believed was the US edition. (The seller has since agreed to a partial refund.) As a note, I have been told by the seller that the International version is identical to the U.S. edition. I don’t know whether this is true, but I’m going to take my chances… If you purchase this text third party, be wary that you may not get what you pay for.
Product Details :
- Hardcover: 608 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 13 edition (January 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1133049796
- ISBN-13: 978-1133049791
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches