This brief, introductory book provides readers with a step-by-step guide to reading and understanding a social science research article. The author demonstrates the many strengths of social research, including its advantages over ordinary ways of knowing things, and, at the same time, points out that research is inevitably flawed. Rather than naively assuming that good research simply produces “The Truth” or cynically asserting that research is hopelessly biased and futile, this book instills in readers a critical perspective—one that appreciates the strengths and weaknesses of any piece of scholarship.
1. Social Research vs. Ordinary Ways of Knowing
2. What is a Journal Article?
3. Defining Key Terms
4. Literature Reviews
10. Why Read Journal Articles—And Think Critically about Them?
“[The book] provides an accessible introduction to thinking about the place of peer-reviewed research by scaffolding student’s learning on to what they already know from personal opinion, newspapers and websites.”
The University of Texas at San Antonio
“The author does a fantastic job of simplifying complex concepts and jargons so the lay person can understand them.”
Arkansas State University–Jonesboro
“It is readable and comprehensive and helps students understand the main way researchers and academics write and think about knowledge and research.”
“The one main theme that I liked as I read the book is how the author took a real-world approach to research and using evidenced-based sources while incorporating critical thinking skills and reflection.”
Lewis-Clark State College
“The breezy tone and appropriate use of examples throughout the text make this an unusually accessible and useful text for students. I don’t know of another resource that addresses this topic as well for LIS students.”
North Carolina Central University
This book is a gem! It provides students with concrete information about reading and evaluating research articles.
Dr Thomas Frederick
Department of Psychology and Counseling, Hope International University