This thorough revision of Babbie's standard-setting book presents a succinct, straightforward introduction to the field of research methods as practiced by social scientists. Contemporary examples such as terrorism, Alzheimer's disease, anti-gay prejudice and education, and the legalization of marijuana make this Fifth Edition thoroughly fascinating as it introduces you to the "how-tos" and "whys" of social research methods. The book's new qualitative coverage combined with its already strong quantitative material makes this new edition Babbie's best yet. Babbie, long respected in the field and renowned for his engaging and friendly writing style, gives you the tools you need for understanding social research methods and for applying these concepts both inside and outside the classroom as a researcher and as a consumer of research. With increased emphasis on qualitative research and practical applications, this Fifth Edition is authoritative yet student-friendly . . . and engaging enough to help you connect the dots between the world of social research and the real world.
By Joshua P. OConner "Josh O'Conner" - July 22, 2011
Honestly, I have very mixed feelings about this text. As a text-book, it's really not suitable for anything beyond an introductory class offered to freshman. I feel bad about saying that, but I found that Babbie went so out of his way to simplify and reduce the pain of social research that he really diluted his wealth of knowledge. I am using this book for a 300 level sociology course, and I find myself getting upset at how much I have to dig through anecdotes and inflated explanations to get to the information. On the flip side of that coin, I think Babbie conveys some really valuable information; it's simply obscured by a lack of brevity.
Personally, I like to keep some of my textbooks like this to use while I'm at work, but I don't think Babbie will make the cut. If you understand some of the concepts of social research (i.e. you've ever had a statistics course), it's somewhat elementary. There are also a lot of definitions and concepts that are hard to... read more
Makes Research easier to get into
By ShannonGrad - October 1, 2010
I am using this textbook for a research methods class. It is useful and an easier read so the material isn't as "dry" as it could be! I don't mind reading it.
By Finn Kveldulfr - July 21, 2011
This was a required text for a class in social research design-- one of those courses I had to take recently. While Dr Babbie may be okay for the 'nuts and bolts' of doing social research, he was inexcusably sloppy in his handling of abstract concepts, theories, and underlying principles of social research and of the social sciences in general. Where he delves into discussing epistemologic concepts underlying the practice of social science, he is both sloppy and wrong. I found his handling of questions of "what is knowledge", "what is reality", etc, to be frightfully scattered. Babbie apparently falls in with the skeptics who believe that there is NO real knowledge, it's all made up and what we agree it is. If this were in fact the case, one wonders why Babbie tries to explain research at all-- after all, it's all made up, so it's whatever BS we want to be.... which is the impression you'd get if you tried following Babbie's explanations of principle and theory. Not a good way to... read more