Welcome to the Companion Site!

This site is intended to enhance your use of Research Basics, First Edition, by James V. Spickard. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material. 

Research Basics  offers a fresh and creative approach to the research process based on author James V. Spickard’s decades of teaching experience. Using an intuitive six-step model, readers learn how to craft a research question and then identify a logical process for answering it. Conversational writing and multi-disciplinary examples illuminate the model’s simplicity and power, effectively connecting the “hows” and “whys” behind social science research. Students using this book will learn how to turn their research questions into results.


We gratefully acknowledge James V. Spickard for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Jason LaTouche and Adrienne Redd, for creating the ancillaries on this site.