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Self study or reference

To describe these books as "self study" may well be overstating the case, but generally speaking they make no assumptions about being linked with a particular course. They often present statistics in a deliberately "unfrightening" way, for those who are afraid of statistics. We also provide details of a couple of useful reference works.

Statistics demystified

Title: (2nd edition)
Author: George Argyrous
Publisher: Sage Publications
Price: £24.99
Date: 2005
Media: Paperback or hardback; CD-ROM; companion website with powerpoint slides, Flash presentations; WebCT questions
Approach: Explains statistical concepts in a readable and accessible way without assuming any prior knowledge, so ideal for students and researchers new to statistics. Also acts as an introduction and guide to SPSS. Exercises, and a companion CD-ROM with data sets to be used in conjunction with the book.

Title:
Author: David Levine, David Stephan
Publisher: Pearson
Price: £17.99
Date
: 2004
Media: Paperback
Approach: Uses "plain English and with a minimum of mathematics, but with many examples and worked-out problems" (although more mathematics is provided for those who are interested). Gives a simply expressed definitions followed by information on how to use the technique and why it is important. Also provided are "Calculator Keys" and "Spreadsheet Solutions" sections that provide detailed instructions for solving real problems with a Texas Instruments statistical calculator or Microsoft Excel.

Title: (2nd edition)
Author: Neil J. Salkind
Publisher: Sage Publications
Price: £24.99
Date: 2004
Media: Hardback or paperback
Approach: Uses a clear and conversational style for a difficult subject; proceeds from data descriptions through to analysis; coverage of SPSS; sidebars with further technical information; exercises; glossary

Title: (Allyn & Bacon Classics edition)
Author: Derek Rowntree
Publisher: Pearson
Price: £30.99
Date
: 2003
Media: Paperback
Approach: Uses words and diagrams, rather than formulas and equations, to help students from all subject areas understand what statistics is and how to think statistically. Has a very easy to follow chapter structure; however, it is intended only for those who read others' statistics rather than create their own, so not really appropriate for most serious researchers.

Title: (1st edition)
Author: Steven M Kemp, Sid Kemp
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Price: £12.99
Date
: 2004
Media: Paperback
Approach: Aimed principally at practising managers, looks at the main things you need to know in order to use statistics in your job, including presenting statistics at a meeting.

Title: (3rd edition)
Author: John Kranzler
Publisher: Pearson
Price: £23.99
Date
: 2002
Media: Paperback
Approach: Can be used as a supplement to an introductory course, or as a revision guide for someone coming back to statistics. Uses cognitive behavioural techniques and rational emotive theory to help people overcome "math anxiety" (written by a psychologist, not a statistician), while providing essential coverage. Uses humour, examples and cartoons and avoids lengthy theoretical discussions.

Reference

Title: (3rd edition)
Author: W. Paul Vogt
Publisher: Sage Publications
Price: £21.95
Date: 2005
Media: Hardback or paperback
Approach: Provides "simple definitions and explanations of statistical and statistics-related concepts", biographies, additional references, and graphical material to aid understanding.

Title:
Author: Gopal K. Kanji
Publisher: Sage Publications
Price: £22.99
Date
: 2006
Media: Paperback
Approach: This book is a reference work which explains some of the most usual statistical tests. An introduction explains the thinking behind statistical testing and how tests can be linked together. There follows some examples of test procedures, but the bulk of the book is taken up with explanations of the 100 statistical tests, with a final section that classifies the tests under various headings. The layout is clear and easy to follow, and the book should be an invaluable reference work although it will require some elementary knowledge of statistics. Currently being updated.