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Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  24 reviews
This comprehensive book offers readers balanced coverage of both the qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research.The fourth edition of Social Research Methods renews its commitment to help readers learn that social research does not take place in a vacuum, but in a social and historical context that can affect their actions. It teaches to guard against ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Allyn & Bacon (first published 1991)
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Zuleyka Zevallos
This is a comprehensive introduction into sociological research methods. It covers basic concepts, different types of data and sampling issues, how to write research proposals, coding and analysis techniques and ethics. I used an earlier edition of this book as an undergraduate and I continue to get out my copy to use now as a professional sociologist. I recommend it as a life-long research investment.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I use this book for my Research Methods class. It’s very comprehensive book for beginner level social sciences, it provides simple, easy to follow steps and plenty of examples. The book warns researchers of possible shortcomings in research, ethical concerns during research and other points of concern. However, the book is rather descriptive and didactic for advanced level researchers. There is limited insight on disciplinary variation in the use of research methods. Also limited information on ...more
Feb 14, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Horrible, horrible text. However, the content is all good - it's just everything else that lets it down. Although, it's not hard to get the content right, even when you ignore the fact that all the case studies could have been truncated a little and there were too many pages upon pages of examples whenever a certain theory was up for explanation.

This over-use of examples could be avoided if the language of delivery was a bit clearer and easier to digest. You know when you sit down to read a
Desi Oktavia
i need this book. really really need this good book. please be more easy
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May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alanında bir numara. Okunurluğu çok yüksek. Üstelik yazarının sosyalist eğilimleri olduğu belli.
A good overview.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-science
This was definitely a useful reference for my library science course on research methods. From a broader perspective, the book also opened my mind to entirely new and different ways of doing research that I'd never encountered before, such as case studies and "interpretive" or "constructionist" research. The chapter on survey research was especially useful.
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first four chapters were heavy and verbose, no doubt, but things speed up significantly in the subsequent chapters. Not the most concise or efficient textbook but I do appreciate the summary tables and review questions. It's so thorough, if you didn't get anything, it probably isn't Neuman's fault.
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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So effing dry and info-dense. I simply did not absorb the material because there was so much of it, and presented in an extremely academic way. The best thing he does is give examples of the types of research, but those are few.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have heard from one of my friends that this book is a unique one to be used by the beginners of research. I am very much interested in doing research. But still I did not do any research by my own. That is why I need this book to read.
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This book is awesome.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
knowledge able
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It serves its purpose.
Rabia Hussain
just want to read the book
i as a social science researcher this book is very useful for me to find out the proper methodology for my research.
Samar Almossa
I only read chapter 4 about the meanings of methodology and different research approaches.
Crystal Hutchinson
This book is slow reading; in order to fully grasps the concepts and approaches of social research. I learned a LOT from this book.
Amanda Richards
Starts out kind of slow, but is very informative. Definitely good for a reference book.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative, but not for the faint of heart.
Pedro Rosas
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Basic to start research
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