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Research design and research methods take many forms. The research can be quantitative or qualitative

Data can be collected through

The analysis of your data could involve

Ultimately, your research problem will determine your research method. Our research methodology bibliography lists several books covering the broad concepts of research methods and design. In addition to the sources listed below, we suggest searching Summon for "research method*" and your research topic or discipline for more focused books.

  • SAGE Research Methods

        SAGE Research Methods
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    SAGE Research Methods

    SAGE Research Methods indexes full-text books, reference sources, the "little green book" series (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences), the "little blue book" series (Qualitative Research Methods), journal articles, and videos. Since this platform focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used by researchers from the social sciences, health sciences, and more. Full text available in HTML and PDF. You can limit searches by research method type. 1970s-present.  

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  • SAGE Research Methods Cases

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    SAGE Research Methods Cases

    SAGE Research Methods Cases provides full-text case studies in HTML and PDF about methodological concepts in practice. Each case study has learning outcomes and discussion questions to guide understanding.  

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  • SAGE Research Methods Datasets

        SAGE Research Methods Datasets
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    SAGE Research Methods Datasets

    SAGE Research Methods Datasets provides teaching datasets to support the instruction and independent learning of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods. The datasets are taken from larger national and international data sources, cleaned and reduced in size and complexity for teaching and self-study purposes. Each is accompanied by a guide with an overview of the data and the method, instructions on applying the method, tips on presenting the analysis in your research, and a link to the full dataset.  

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  • Wiley Current Protocols

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    Wiley Current Protocols

    Wiley provides full-text books on research methods and topical overviews in the life sciences in HTML and PDF. Complex procedures are clarified with illustrations, tables, data charts, diagrams, and videos.  

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