A Review of C.R. Kothari's Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques (3rd Edition)
Research methodology is a systematic way of solving a research problem. It involves the steps of defining the research problem, reviewing the literature, formulating hypotheses, designing the research, collecting data, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. Research methodology also helps researchers to choose the appropriate methods and techniques for their research objectives and questions.
One of the most popular books on research methodology is C.R. Kothari's Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques (3rd Edition), published by New Age International Publishers in 2004. This book covers the basic concepts and principles of research methodology, as well as the various methods and techniques of data collection and analysis. It also provides guidance on how to write a research report and present the research findings.
The book is divided into eight chapters, each covering a specific aspect of research methodology. The first chapter introduces the meaning, objectives, types, and significance of research. The second chapter discusses how to define a research problem and review the literature related to it. The third chapter explains how to formulate hypotheses and test them using various statistical tools. The fourth chapter describes the different types of research designs, such as experimental, quasi-experimental, ex post facto, survey, case study, etc. The fifth chapter deals with the methods of sampling and sampling errors. The sixth chapter covers the various methods of data collection, such as observation, interview, questionnaire, schedule, etc. The seventh chapter presents the techniques of data processing and analysis, such as classification, tabulation, graphical representation, measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, etc. The eighth chapter provides tips on how to write a research report and present the research findings effectively.
The book is written in a simple and lucid language, with examples and illustrations from various fields of study. It is suitable for students and researchers of social sciences, management, education, commerce, etc. It is also useful for teachers and practitioners who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in research methodology.
The book can be downloaded for free from the Internet Archive[^1^] or Academia.edu[^2^]. It can also be purchased online from various websites[^3^].
The book has received positive reviews from many readers and scholars, who have appreciated its clarity, comprehensiveness, and practicality. Some of the reviews are as follows:
\"This is one of the Best Research Books i have read. Explanations are explicit, cant wait for the next edition.\" - User Review on Google Books[^1^]
\"This book is available at Wada Research Assistant wada.com.bd\" - User Review on Google Books[^2^]
\"The present book provides the basic and advanced level discussion on research methodology so that the researchers may become familiar with the art of using research methods and techniques. The book is intended to serve as a textbook for social science students at graduate and postgraduate level.\" - Goodreads[^3^]
The book is also widely cited and referenced by other researchers and authors in their publications. According to Google Scholar, the book has been cited over 10,000 times by various journals, books, dissertations, and reports. Some of the notable citations are as follows:
\"Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques by C.R. Kothari (2004) was used as a guide to develop the questionnaire.\" - A Study on Customer Satisfaction towards Online Shopping in Coimbatore City by S. Priyanka and Dr. R. Nalini (2016)
\"The research design adopted for this study was descriptive survey design. According to Kothari (2004), descriptive research studies are those studies which are concerned with describing the characteristics of a particular individual or group.\" - Influence of School-Based Factors on Students' Academic Performance in Public Secondary Schools in Mombasa County, Kenya by J. Mwakisha and Dr. J. Orodho (2015)
\"The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequency counts, percentages, mean scores and standard deviation. Inferential statistics such as t-test and ANOVA were also used to test the hypotheses. Kothari (2004) defines data analysis as a process of inspecting, cleaning, transforming and modeling data with the goal of highlighting useful information, suggesting conclusions and supporting decision making.\" - Impact of Motivation on Employee Performance with Effect of Training: Specific to Education Sector of Pakistan by M. Asim (2013) ec8f644aee