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An exceptionally broad, clear, and fair-minded treatment of social science research methodology
John Gerring, Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin
Dawn Brancati's Social Science Research is a fun, engaging, and intelligent book about the basics of research design. I wish I had it when I was an undergraduate.
Gary King is the Weatherhead University Professor at Harvard University.
Rich with examples from across the social sciences and comprehensive in its treatment of the diverse empirical tools that social scientists use, Brancati's book will greatly help students to grow their abilities to be both consumers and producers of research. The writing is crisp and engaging throughout, and the end-of-chapter exercises work to fix key concepts in students' minds.
Matthew S. Winters, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For faculty, teaching how to conduct social science research is known to be notoriously difficult. For students, learning research methods is mind-numbing. Brancati's book offers a solution to this decades-long dilemma. Inter-weaving concepts with examples from cutting-edge research, Social Scientific Research succinctly explains what makes good social science and how to do it.
Kosuke Imai, Author of Quantitative Social Science: An Introduction (Princeton University Press)
Dawn Brancati has written a social science methods book that is, in one, the broadest and most accessible text I have seen. In addition to being a terrific stand alone text for an introductory methods course, it would be an excellent addition to an introductory course in data analysis and statistics to give students a sense of the range of other research methods available and of issues, beyond methodology, in social science research.
Robert Y. Shapiro is a professor of Political Science at Columbia University
Brancati's Social Scientific Research is an important book. It is readable, comprehensive, and a great starting point for those new to research in the social sciences. Brancati—a masterful mentor to both undergraduate and graduate resesearchers—covers research design, both quantitative and qualtitative methods, and provides rich practical guidance for those doing their own research projects or assessing the work of others. I highly recommend this widely to those who both want to understand and do social science.
Social Scientific Research is a modern handbook that will serve as a guide for researchers that are not sure what and how they may want to study. The book will clear the cobwebs away. Not only those who feel like they were led to the blind alley by the subject of their research will consider the book useful. It is also a perfect tool for self-study purposes since it discusses the research process in detail. Finally, more advanced scholars will find this book helpful since it introduces the methods for the verification of methodological assumptions on every stage of analysis.
My students have found this book easy to understand and well explained. They like the structure and examples. The activities at the end of the chapter make for a great way to embed what they have learnt. Have ordered copies for the college library and will put on essential reading
an excellent textbook that will guide many students at different levels
Very helpful for students to grasp the importance of scientific research, understand detailed concepts and being supported at adopting a scientific perspective towards social work issues.
Did not fit course sequence