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The Basics of Social Research
by:Earl R. Babbie
Earl R. Babbie offers students a candid introduction to the field of research methods in his textbook The Basics of Social Research, ISBN 9780495812241. Quantitative material is combined with qualitative coverage to present users with the 'how-tos' and 'whys' of social research methods. An engaging and easy to understand writing style is used to provide...
Earl R. Babbie offers students a candid introduction to the field of research methods in his textbook The Basics of Social Research, ISBN 9780495812241. Quantitative material is combined with qualitative coverage to present users with the 'how-tos' and 'whys' of social research methods. An engaging and easy to understand writing style is used to provide students with modern examples of social research including terrorism, Alzheimer's disease, anti-gay prejudice and education, and the legalization of marijuana. Practical application opportunities challenge readers to apply the concepts they learn in a classroom setting as well as the real world as a researcher and as a consumer of research. Current and past users of this text share positive reviews of its features. Consumers boast of this book's organizational style, clear writing style, as well as the comprehendible word usage. Users even appreciate the humor that Babbie oftentimes chooses to incorporate in this text. Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. Receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley then began his teaching career. Babbie has also published several textbooks including the market leading The Practice of Social Research. Babbie chooses to incorporate four sections and 15 chapters to present the coverage included in Basics of Social Research. This book begins with part I offering 'An Introduction to Inquiry' followed by part II presenting topics surrounding 'The Structuring of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative.' Part III offers coverage of 'Modes of Observation: Quantitative and Qualitative' with part IV closing out the book with 'Analysis of Data: Quantitative and Qualitative.'
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