Conducting research is oftentimes considered a boring and painful process unless you are really into discovering what you are looking for. It also involves critical thinking and measures of values.
W. Phillips Shively explains how to jump to conclusions based on scientific criteria in political science in a very understandable way. The author explained different dimensions of words and terms, the statistical meanings of nominal values and real values, and how to generate sampling, among other things. I recommend this book to every political scientist regardless of their experience.
Even though The Craft of Political Research sounds like common sense in certain parts, it is worth having it at least as a reminder of the research process. This book might even turn out to be helpful for writing projects for dissertations or dissertations themselves.