Top critical review
7 people found this helpful
A usefull book but needs to be edited for grammar.
on May 26, 2012
The value of this book is that it provides an easily understood introduction to network analysis along with easy to follow instructions for how to carry out various procedures, mostly using UCINET software. It is a great concept and the book really is very useful. The main problem with the book is that it is chock full of grammatical errors. If it was just a few I could ignore them, but there are enough so that it is a real distraction. I would like to use this book with students, but I worry that those with good language skills will be led to discount the information in the book. I also worry that the book will set a poor example for students who do not have such good language skills. I suppose that I could use the book anyway if I vouch for the content and also directly acknowledge that it was not properly edited before publication. I could even give students credit for being able to find and correct the grammar mistakes in each of the assigned readings in addition to understanding the network concepts that are presented. Regardless of whether or not I am able to use it I am surprised and really disappointed that the editors at Sage would let so many easy to fix errors get into what would otherwise be a great little book.