Exploring Research (8th Edition)

Exploring Research (8th Edition)

Exploring Research (8th Edition)

Presents the basics of research in the social and behavioral sciences in an informative and student-friendly way. 


Salkind’s Exploring Research, 8th edition makes research methods accessible for students.


Exploring Research provides an introduction to research methods through a friendly, approachable writing style. Salkind describes how to collect and analyze data and provides thorough instruction on how to prepare and write a research proposal and manuscript.  The text explores the use of electronic sources (the Internet) as a means to enhance research skills and includes discussions about scientific methods.  The most common types of research models in the social and behavioral sciences are incorporated, including qualitative methods. Salkind covers the research process, problem selection, sampling and generalizability, as well as a discussion of the measurement process .  


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  1. Elementary Teacher said,

    Wrote on May 21, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great Introductory Research Book, December 5, 2005
    Elementary Teacher (Virginia) –

    Having previously purchased a required research textbook that was written in a truly “mind-numbing” fashion, I went online to find a supplemental text. I was looking for something to help me develop some background knowledge in order to better understand my assigned readings. I consider myself very lucky for having found “Exploring Research”. The writing style is very straightforward. I was easily able to read the textbook within a few days, and this made understanding the assigned readings in my course textbook much easier to do.

    Easy to understand charts are used to illustrate points and organize the information. Practical resources are given to assist in developing a Literature Review. Rather than simply telling the reader to read a research study “critically”, the author provides a list of specific questions an introductory student can ask themselves for each section of a report being read. As a supplemental text for the beginning student, this book is a wonderful resource for making sense of the basic research concepts.

    Chapters include:

    The Role and Importance of Research

    The Research Process: Coming to Terms

    Selecting a Problem and Reviewing the Research

    Sampling and Generalizability

    Measurement, Reliability, and Validity

    Methods of Measuring Behavior

    Data Collection and Descriptive Statistics

    Introducing Inferential Statistics

    Nonexperimental Research: Descriptive and Correlational Methods

    Nonexperimental Research: Qualitative Methods

    Pre- and True Experimental Research Methods

    Quasi-Experimental Research: A Close Cousin to Experimental


    Writing a Research Proposal

    Writing a Research Manuscript

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  2. Susanna White said,

    Wrote on May 21, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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    The Best!, May 23, 2002
    Susanna White (Missouri USA) –

    Regardless of what your research needs are, this books could be called “research for dummies” in its excellent and easy-to-follow explanations. Buy this book, even if your required text is something else – It’s filled with examples and can be read like an adventure novel in bed WHILE being truly comprehended! I’ve taken statistics, research classes, etc. – I wished I had read this book along with my first class! There’s nothing dry about this and 1000 words are too few to praise it adequately!

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  3. I. S. Blanke said,

    Wrote on May 21, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    Tons of Errors!, September 7, 2008
    I. S. Blanke (Atlanta, GA) –

    While this book is written in a very “user-friendly” style, the amount of typographical, stylistic, and grammatical errors is incredibly distracting! For a book that’s supposed to discuss the precision of research methodology, it certainly has a long way to go in being accurate. It seems that on almost every page there is a typographical or grammatical error, which is completely unacceptable in a professional resource (even if it is targeted towards “beginners”). There are a couple of chapters in which entire sections seem been left out and others that are very sloppily edited.

    Surely the author could have forked over a couple hundred bucks to get a professional (or even a half-intelligent grad student!) to proofread it. It is in its seventh edition, after all.

    If copious amounts of unprofessional errors irritate you in a textbook, avoid this one.

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