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'For a generation we have been waiting for a really good introduction to secondary data analysis. This is it.'
‘A concise, compelling and engaging new text, this is a valuable addition to the bookshelves of anyone wanting to really get to grips with secondary data analysis.’
‘An excellent text that engages with the real-world practice of analysing existing quantitative data resources. The book covers the neglected issues of data documentation, data management, and replication that are central to effective research.’
‘There are lots of books about statistics. But there are very few that tell students what they really need to know: how to acquire and manage data, and how to use them to answer questions relevant to their studies. This book fills the gap in a clearly written and user-friendly way, and is full of interesting and practical examples. It should be core reading.’
'MacInnes shows newcomers the possibilities before them and teaches the safeguards needed to make the most of secondary data.’
'Accessibly written, this is a friendly and indispensable companion for any student embarking on a secondary data analysis project. A breath of fresh air.’
John MacInnes is a secondary analyst with impecable credentials in the teaching of quantitative methods, so I had high hopes for this book. I'm delighted to report that my expectations were exceeded, within half an hour of picking it up I was ordering copies for the library and mentally updating a module reading list.