BestResearch Practices would seem an unlikely book to be reviewed in an applied geosciences journal. But whether researcher or practitioner, geoscientists are interested in finding answers to questions in our field. As the book's subtitle, How to Gain Reliable Knowledge, indicates, finding answers is the point of employing best research practices. Research in the context of this book is the scientific pursuit of knowledge. It covers an important subject that college coursework often neglects: the various methods of scientific inquiry and discovery. Consequently, the book uses examples from a broad range of life, physical, and social sciences to...

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