Today I am reviewing SPSS Step by Step: essentials for Social and Political Science by Cole Davis.
Blurb: SPSS Step by Step is a concise overview for beginning and intermediate statistical test users. Clearly written—and without relying on mathematical formulas—it covers topics such as qualitative data analysis, multiple regression, survival analysis, and factor analysis. A logically ordered guide to analyzing everyday problems, it will prove invaluable for undergraduate and postgraduate students and academics undertaking or teaching research and will also be of interest to professionals in social work, criminal justice, health, and education.
My Review: I must admit I kept passing over this in my TBR pile. The subject kind of intimidated me. I mean, gasp, math. I shudder at the thought. Well my conscience got the better of me so I picked it up determined to give it a go. To my surprise and relief it was not what I thought it would be. The dreaded formulas are not there and even a person like me that avoids things like this was able to grasp the subject matter. While it is not something I would settle down before the fire with and devour like most books it is worth a look. My daughter home schools and plans to use it and my husband who is an engineer thinks it is a good book for an intro into this difficult subject. I for one do agree with him. This book gets 4 stars