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The Practice of Social Research Hardcover – January 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1133049791 ISBN-10: 1133049796 Edition: 13th

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  • 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
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 bestseller THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

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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 best-selling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

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It's really long, and VERY detailed, but man, is it good.
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Also, my class assignments are based on the book so it has definitely been helpful.
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I didn't read much of it and was glad that I rented the textbook.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Erik B. on July 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I took Quantitative Analysis class in Spring 2013 and used the 11th edition of this book with no problem. No doubt little has changed in social research. I do not understand why they put out new editions every couple of years besides they are part of the culture of corporate greed in this country. Do not support this industry. Buy older used editions and send a message that we as students will no longer be exploited by these savages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phillip L. Battista on February 25, 2014
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Nobody is buying this book for any real benefit, it's assigned by social science departments but it covers all the basics and if you get the Kindle version it becomes easy to copy/paste to transfer most of the important terminology into easy printed sheets. The best option is to rent the kindle version, grab what you need, and don't worry about it taking up space on your shelf.
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By Marc on May 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It's really long, and VERY detailed, but man, is it good. I used this book for my POS 303 class, and my professor was a methodology professional. He said he recommends this book because it's one of the most detailed and well done books on the subject. It can be a bit boring at times, but I suppose that's how most textbooks are supposed to be. Anyway, good book. I recommend it.
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By Amazon Customer on April 27, 2014
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Babbie does a good job writing to non-majors, but it's still dry, word, and long. I didn't read much of it and was glad that I rented the textbook.
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By Ms. Blackberry on April 3, 2014
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Deep, but good. The author tries to explain the concepts in familiar and funny terms sometimes. If I put more into it, maybe I could understand the language of social research better.
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I wish there was more explanation of some of the terms used in the chapters. Over all it is a good book.
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By Richanna Gunnell on February 5, 2014
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I think there could've been a better choice for the Communication Research course. This gets too extensive on scientific research to begin for my liking.
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