by Joseph F. Healey
Framed in a student-friendly writing style, this textbook, The Essentials of Statistics: A Tool for Social Research 4th edition (PDF) presents the essentials of statistics with an applied approach. Author Joseph Healey encourages skill development for statistical literacy, emphasizing computational competence, and the ability to read social science literature with greater comprehension.
“The Essentials is one of the few actual textbooks I still use. The subject matter of research methods and statistics still requires it. This edition of Healey’s textbook is a ‘good’ textbook because it is well written, follows a logical sequence within each chapter and from chapter to chapter, and students learn and build a foundation before they move onto the more difficult statistics.”