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on November 25, 2005
This was the required text for my Communication Research Methods class, so buying it wasn't really an option.

After flipping through the book to see what I was in for this semester, I found the layout of the book to be pretty organized.

1.) Each chapter has an abstract at the beginning and a summary at the end that gives a brief overview of the chapter.

2.) Each chapter has an outline at the beginning to show you how the chapter lays out the topic.

3.) Vocab words are bolded, which is great if you have to know them for a test, and a list of "Key Terms" is at the end of each chapter.

4.) Throughout the chapter, the authors provide examples of warrants and claims to illustrate the points they're trying to make.

5.) Appendix A - A good guide to writing research reports and essays. Definitely helpful with assignments.

Overall, I think that this is a pretty good textbook. The reading tends to be pretty dry, but not completely untolerable.
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on February 12, 2011
You know those textbooks that banter, point you to other chapters rather than explain the concept, are incredibly redundant, and lack any sense or clarity or conciseness?

That's Merrigan and Huston's Communication Research Methods.

I wish I could say better as I really appreciate the course although the text is very specific to one form of communication studies within its examples, it loses track of ideas when explaining an concept such as, "there are three types of applied research..." and only addresses two as if it had never mentioned three exist in the first place.

As a previous reviewer mentioned the overall organization is definitely there as ideas are separated into their own sections and vocabulary is set in boldface to notify the reader of important material. If these aspects were not there the text would be unbearable. Maybe some improvements in a new edition?
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on February 14, 2011
This book is an improved version from the earlier one. It enables students to frame their research project and to select a method for the research that will follow.
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on September 9, 2010
I know communications research is not the most interesting topic in the world however, I feel that this book did not help either. The book is very dry but, I will say that it will give the information that you need about communication research.
There are no pictures in this book only diagrams and graphs. They help to show you the theories and research methods put to use. Without them I would have been very confused about how to actually put results into an actual diagram which was an assignment that we did get assigned.
This book may not be the most interesting but it will get the job done.
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on January 31, 2013
By the time I was done with grad school this book was very beaten up and super highlighted. Buy a new copy because when YOU get to comprehensive exams you don't want to be duct-taping the spine like me.
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on August 9, 2014
Booky McBook Book.
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on September 16, 2014
No problems!
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on January 23, 2013
quality is too bad!! cover and pages are broken..!ssssssssssssssssssso bad! I don't know why this stuff could sell $38!! I hate it ..
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on January 4, 2011
Received the book in a timely manner, and it is in like new condition. Will recommend this seller to others.
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