Academic research can be challenging, and the Library has easy-to-use resources that can help you get rolling!
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SAGE Research Methods
You can find SAGE Research Methods in the Library’s A-Z Databases list. With SAGE Research Methods Cases you will learn what methods experienced researchers use to carry out their work, and all of the practicalities and challenges involved in successful research. Many people have some understanding of terms such as “interview,” “survey,” “focus group,” “fieldwork,” etc. But SAGE Research Methods Cases offers examples shared by experienced practitioners who use these methods all the time in their own research projects.
Hundreds of specially designed cases provide insights into the challenge of conducting successful research, with emphasis on design and method application, and the decisions and adjustments which are sometimes necessary as the project advances from the planning stage to actual data collection. Cases have been selected from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, from Business to Sociology, Anthropology to Political Science.
Need to know the pros and cons of a particular method? Browse method types to understand how they are used. Examples include:
- Case studies — Intensive examination of a small number of cases or a single case.
- Survey research — Sampling group opinions and behaviors with sets of prepared questions.
- Mixed methods — Combining methods, such as Interviews and statistical analysis.
- Focus groups — Forming a group and using interactions within the group to elicit the participants’ views.
- Qualitative interviewing — Designing conversations that elicit information about a topic.
- Ethnography — producing highly detailed accounts by observation of how people behave in certain settings over time.
- Data collection — Gathering and measuring information on variations in behavior.
- Fieldwork — Experimenting in a natural setting.
Not sure which method is the most appropriate for your topic? Browse by discipline. Here are just a few of the disciplines covered in the resource:
- Business and Management
- Communication and Media Studies
- Political Science and International Relations
- Social and Public Policy
Resources are available for various skill levels: introductory, intermediate, advanced, and postgraduate.