Answered By: Research support team Last Updated: Dec 11, 2020 Views: 2
The best tool we have for understanding different research methods is Sage Research Methods. You can access this tool here. You can also get there from the ‘Library Databases’ tab on the Library homepage and then the letter ‘S’.
You can begin by entering the name of a research method you are curious about. If you are unsure where to start, you can also enter something as general as ‘qualitative’.
Sage Research Methods contains material as a short as dictionary entries and as detailed as full-length books. One way to narrow your search results is to choose the content type likely to provide the level of detail you want. This content type option is available on the top right of your results list. (Note that the ‘Foundations’ material provides excellent introductions to specific methods.)
Another way to explore research methods is to use the Methods Map. The Methods Map organizes research methods in relation to one another and visualizes how specific methods are more specific, less specific, or related to other methods.
Lastly, make sure to look at the ‘Research Tools’ link at the top of the screen. There are a few related tools available from there.
And if you need more help, let us know.