As you progress through your studies, you may find that your research needs change slightly. Whilst the resources on the guides for your subject area are still great places to start, you may also find the resources below to be helpful, particularly when doing dissertations or extended research projects.
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Sage Research Methods is an online database containing resources designed to guide people through the research process. It includes definitions and guides to different research methods and a step by step planner for carrying out research projects.
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Sage Research Methods has a glossary function that it calls ‘Methods Map’
You do not need to log in to use this function.
Here are some links to several Methods Map searches which may be of use.
Quantitative research is concerned with gathering and analysing numerical data for patterns and trends e.g. survey results or census data. These are generally quite narrow questions being asked e.g. how many people are in favour of X? and will typically have a larger sample size than qualitative research.
You can find in depth introductions to different types of Quantitative research methods in Sage Research Methods ‘Little Green Books’. Alternately you can now search Sage Research Methods on Locate. To search for resources on Quantitative research methods: Click this link for a pre-arranged search on Locate.
Qualitative data is concerned with gathering and analysing non-numerical data, typically through interviews to determine how things affect other things e.g. how does X person feel about Y? It is usually broader and more subjective than quantitative research requiring the researcher to make judgements about what themes are present.
You can find in depth introductions to different types of Quantitative research methods in Sage Research Methods 'Little Blue Books'. Alternately you can now search Sage Research Methods on Locate. To search for resources on Quantitative research methods: Click this link for a pre-arranged search on Locate.
When 2 or more research methods are used, the term is generally used when a research project makes use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods. E.g. a survey and interviews etc.
Sage Research Methods has a number of guides designed to help you plan and carry out your Literature Review, these can be found here: https://methods.sagepub.com/project-planner/reviewing-the-literature
The section contains useful guides of areas including:
What types of Literature should I use in my review?
How do I do a Literature Search
How do I do a Literature Review
How can I use the Internet in my Research
This is a potentially useful tool for planning and carrying out your research project. Not all of the sections will be relevant to students as the guide is designed primarily for professionals, particularly the sections concerned with publishing, philosophy of research.
You can find the planner at this link: https://methods.sagepub.com/project-planner
Some sections which may be of interest are:
Each of these sections are broken down into smaller topics which can be downloaded as PDFs though you will need to be logged in to read or download the sections.
This can be used to search the entire Sage Research Methods website. Of potential interest to students are the Reference entries (which are made up of encyclopaedia and dictionary entries, the ‘Little Green’ and ‘Little Blue’ books (which focus specifically on different qualitative and quantitative methods)
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Using accurate statistical data is a useful way of providing evidence and giving credence to your work and argument. In the section below we've given the details of statistical sites which are generally useful for students, as well as some examples of how they might be useful for different subjects.
This site is a useful introduction to different methods and approaches for students undertaking their final projects and includes useful guides, examples and FAQs. It is part of the online Student Resources attached to Alan Bryman’s (2015) Social Research Methods which you can access in full on Bibliu using: THIS LINK
Below are some links to sections of the webpage you may find useful
Bryman, A. (2015). Social research methods (5th ed.). OUP Oxford.
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