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Posted November 15, 2009
I found the book to contain several recommendations that are unsound for researchers. My main objection was that it did not stress the importance of a well-formed thesis and research question BEFORE beginning any data collection. The general idea put forth in the book is that you don't need a well-formed thesis, just go collect data and see where it takes you. Any researcher can get positive results by 'peeking' at the data BEFORE they form their research question. However, I would put forth that responsible researchers will NOT do this. They will formulate a research question, develop a model, select a sample, gather data, analyze the data based on the model, and report the findings whatever they may be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2003
Rarely have I read such a lengthy publication that takes the simplest of tasks and expands them in excruciating detail as this piece does. The book is highly over-rated as a research manual and is amazingly outdated in research methods. While it does, in a lengthy fashion, provide some useful research and statistical information, its use as a sleep-inducing drug far outweighs its usefulness as a writer's or researcher's manual. I would highly recommend to the researcher turning to this title to actively seek out other options.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.