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Using Basic Statistics in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Using Basic Statistics in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Fifth Edition

A practical, conceptual, student-friendly introduction to introductory statistics

June 2013 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this fully updated edition of Using Basic Statistics in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Annabel Ness Evans presents introductory statistics in a practical, conceptual, and humorous way, reducing the anxiety that many students experience in introductory courses. Avoiding complex notation and derivations, the book focuses on helping readers develop an understanding of the underlying logic of statistics, rather than rote memorization. Focus on Research boxes engage students with realistic applications of statistics, and end-of-chapter exercises ensure student comprehension. This exciting new edition includes a greater number of realistic and engaging global examples within the social and behavioral sciences, making it ideal for use within many departments or in interdisciplinary settings.

Chapter 1. Introduction to Statistical Concepts
Chapter 2. Organizing and Presenting Data
Chapter 3. Describing the Central Tendency of Distributions
Chapter 4. Describing the Variability of Distributions
Chapter 5. Describing the Position of Scores in Distributions
Chapter 6. Introduction to Inference: The Normal Curve
Chapter 7. Introduction to Inference: Probability
Chapter 8. Introduction to Inference: The Random Sampling Distribution
Chapter 9. Inference with the Normal Curve
Chapter 10. Inference with the t Distribution
Chapter 11. Inference with the F Distribution
Chapter 12. Analysis of Variance with Repeated Measures
Chapter 13. Multiple Comparison Procedures
Chapter 14. Inference with the Chi-Square Distribution
Chapter 15. Additional Non-Parametric Techniques
Chapter 16. Correlational Techniques
Chapter 17. Predictive Techniques
Chapter 18. Choosing the Appropriate Test of Significance


Electronic Test Bank
A Respondus test bank is available for this text.
Instructor Teaching Site
The instructor teaching site features:

- Instructor's Manual
- PowerPoints
- Test Bank
- Sample Syllabus

“Great writing, easy for students to understand, great visual aids in the text, very thorough, current.”

Amanda O'Dell
Loyola University Chicago

“The clear and concise style of presentation represents a clear strength for this text. Further, the author uses excellent examples throughout the text to illustrate key concepts and analytic approaches. The homework problems are also appropriate and helpful.”

Arin M. Connell
Case Western Reserve University

“I like that the review question answers are provided in detail on a different page than the question. In the inferential section, the summary box is very helpful. Similarly, the outline of steps in inferential chapters [is] very clear and helpful. Realistic practice examples with the steps articulated. I like the outline type of recap after each chapter and the alerts—they address many of the questions I have heard in class...”

Zandra S. Gratz
Kean University

This seems like a very detailed book - but I am teaching undergraduates this semester, so the book looked a touch too complicated for beginners.

Ms Anna Yelick
College of Social Work , Florida State University
February 4, 2015

This is an accessible text which provides in-depth explanation and useful conceptual reviews to test understanding.

Dr Jane Clarbour
Department of Psychology, York University
November 6, 2014

Very good publication for those involved in the wold of social sciences and in nursing and epidemiology also.

Mr Barry Turner
Lincoln School of Journalism, University of Lincoln
June 27, 2014

Staying with current text

Rick Froman
Psychology Dept, John Brown University
May 21, 2014

A very useful guide to statistical approaches that are applicable to a number of disciplines. The SPSS tutorials are particularly useful for the researcher requiring a refresh of the software's nuances.

Mr Philip Bright
Research Department, European School of Osteopathy
October 17, 2013

I needed to have a text that would support doing analyses in SPSS... since I am too, learning it for the first time.

Dr Jessica Bishop-Royse
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Depaul University - Lincoln Park
October 15, 2013

I recommend this book for adoption. It is a good book for students

Mr Ibrahim Zubairu
Finance and Economics, Lincoln University
September 27, 2013
Key features

New to this Edition

  • Focus on Research boxes offer updated examples based on current research and tied more specifically to chapter concepts, which allow to engage students with realistic applications of statistics
  • New real-world global examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences show students how statistics is applied in a variety of settings.
  • Excel output examples for select procedures clearly demonstrate how to work with data in an Excel format.
  • An Instructor’s Resource Manual, including chapter outlines, exercises with solutions, and PowerPoint slides, makes teaching easier.
  • A new Test Item File includes multiple-choice, short answer, true-false, and discussion questions designed to help your students master the content.

Key Features

  • Real-world examples bring concepts to life and appeal to students’ interests in a relevant and compelling way.
  • End-of-chapter exercises, graded for difficulty, help students to master skills and concepts.
  • Figures, tables, and boxes throughout the text enrich the learning experience.
  • American Psychological Association citation style is introduced and used throughout, familiarizing students with this important and often required resource.
  • Student learning tools in every chapter include Learning Objectives, glossary terms in bold, text boxes that highlight specific areas (such as Concept Review, Alert, and FYI), Summary of Terms and Formulas, and Concept Review Answers.
  • Valuable appendices at the end of the book include Toolboxes and Statistical Tables.


What’s New about the Fifth Edition

As always, I considered all the reviewer suggestions when I revised this book. The reviewers of the fourth edition were consistently positive and asked for very few substantive changes. Some things were clarified, some content was added, but very little content was removed. In the fifth edition, I have included more global examples and references than in previous editions.

New Focus on Research Examples: The older Focus on Research sections have been replaced with current research examples and tied more specifically to the chapter concepts.

Inclusion of Excel Output: When appropriate, I have included examples of what the output from Excel looks like for various procedures.

Supplemental Material: There are three supplements, provided free to adopters, that accompany this new edition: the Instructor’s Resource Manual with Exercises, the Test Item File, and PowerPoint Slides. All supplements are available online and can be accessed through a password-protected section of See your local sales representative for details and access.
•       Instructor’s Resource Manual with Exercises: This supplement contains Chapter Outlines and Exercises with Solutions.
•       Test Item File: This supplement includes an extensive test bank containing Multiple Choice, Short Answer, True-False, and Discussion questions.
•       PowerPoint Slides: PowerPoint slides outline concepts in each chapter and include a selection of figures and tables from the textbook.

I think that the fifth edition of Using Basic Statistics in the Behavioral and Social Sciences is the best one yet, and I hope you will agree. To those of you who have been loyal users of previous editions, thank you so very much for your support over the years.

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