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Research Methodology for the Social Sciences and Health

Research Methodology Guides

There are many different methods of creating and doing research and it can be daunting. This list will help you understand the different types of research methodology and how to implement projects. Be sure to also look at the Data & Statistical Methodology Guides page.

300.72 Ap652010 (SSHEL RCC)
Approaches to Social Research. 5th ed. 2010.
A user-friendly guide to understanding and evaluating social research methods. Divided into four sections: scientific and logical foundations of research; research design; methods of data collection; and data processing, analysis, and interpretation. Includes a comprehensive glossary, list of references, and name and subject indexes.

300.7 Y271d (SSHEL RCC)
Doing Social Science Research. 2004.
This book provides an introduction to empirical research methods in the social sciences. Intended for undergrads and post grads in introductory research courses. Covers quantitative/numerical research, surveys, experimental methods, statistical tests, and qualitative/textual research (interview, ethnographic, and discourse analytic methods). A concluding section goes over method evaluation and selection. Focuses on the practical, methodological (rather than the philosophical) aspects of research. Chapters conclude with suggestions for further reading.

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Encyclopedia of Research Design. 2010. (online)
This three volume encyclopedia is intended to introduce the “educated but naïve reader” to the process of planning and conducting both qualitative and quantitative empirical research. Subjects include research design, ethics, and statistical procedures, among many others. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order and contain a list of references and further reading. A Reader’s Guide at the beginning of volume one groups the entries by topic to facilitate navigation. Index in volume three.

Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research. 2013.
Aimed at sociology graduate students and faculty researchers, this volume is intended to provide an assessment of differing views of causal analysis, a contested and debated field of sociology. The 19 chapters of this volume are arranged into the following parts: Introduction; Background and Approach to Analysis; Design and Modeling Choices; Beyond Conventional Regression Models; Systems of Causal Analysis; Influence and Interference; and Retreat from Effect Identification. Chapters “include conceptual and empirical examples from sociology and from the allied social sciences whenever appropriate,” and use mathematical preparation that is as simple to understand as possible.

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Handbook of Survey Research. 2nd ed. 2010.
This updated, comprehensive guide walks readers through the process of creating, conducting, and analyzing surveys. It discusses data collection theory, various methods of collecting data (telephone, mail, mixed-mode) and developing an appropriate survey, measurement and assessment tools to analyze response data, and procedural guidance on preserving, documenting, and sharing results. References are listed at the end of each chapter and a subject index is included.

Key Concepts in Social Research. 2004.
Offers focused and straightforward definitions of fifty key concepts in social research to assist the general student. Provides summary highlights of terms and ideas as well as cross-references. Each entry also includes key words, references, and examples.

Methods, Theories, and Empirical Applications in the Social Sciences. 2012.
Prominent researchers in the field use specific studies and examples from countries and cultures all over the world to examine issues in empirical social research. Articles are divided into five sections: theoretical reflections; methodological developments; discrimination, nationalism, and authoritarianism; identity research; and social structure. Includes list of references.

The Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry. 2015.
This resources provides researchers, faculty, and graduate students with a guide to multimethod and mixed methods research. Covers theories, current uses, the latest technologies, and future directions of multimethod and mixed methods research.

The Sage Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2009.
This glossary aspires to be a “one-volume reference library” of terms used in nine different social and behavioral science disciplines. Entries are brief, ranging from 50-425 words, and cover topics in the fields of communications, economics, education, geography, media studies, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. When the same term is used in multiple disciplines, separate definitions are provided for each usage. Entries are cross-referenced. A bibliography is included.

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The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. 5th ed. 2018. (SSHEL RCC)
Aimed at students as well as faculty, this essential text defines qualitative research and its numerous methodologies. This fifth edition contains virtually all new essays covering such emergent topics as feminist quantitative research, observation in a surveilled world, transformative research for social justice, qualitative research and technology, queer theory, arts-based inquiry and more. Includes an author index, subject index, information about the editors, and information about the contributors.

The Sage Handbook of Quantitative Methodology for the Social Sciences. 2004.
Intended for applied statisticians, empirical researchers, and graduate students, this handbook offers an introduction to social science research methods and quantitative concepts. It’s divided into six topical sections–scaling, testing and measurement, models for categorical data, models for multilevel data, models for latent variables, and foundational issues. Each chapter reviews the historical context for the topic; discusses current work, including examples; and provides a list of references for further reading. An index of researchers as well as a subject index is provided.

The Sage Handbook of Social Science Methodology. 2007.
Designed to provide an overview of the critical issues in social science methodology and address the problems and disputes over these methods. Each article includes references and the volume includes an index.

Sage Research Methods Online. 2011-.
This database provides a centralized search of a wide range of SAGE materials, including “books, book chapters, dictionary and encyclopedia entries, videos, or journal articles from over 175,000 pages” on research methodology. Included is the entire series of “Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences” books. Site provides a “Methods Map” to help users choose a method as well as video tutorials to teach users ways to use the database.