Everything you need to know about methodology
SAGE Research Methods is a repository of documents on social science methodology. It comprises in excess of 1000 books, reference works, articles, and videos by established researchers from all over the world, all published by Sage.
You can use the database as a way to inform yourself about the methods you intend to apply in your assignments, and as such, it can help you in your research process.
Which method to use?
SAGE Research Methods has developed something it calls Methods Map, a visual and interactive discovery tool that displays the links between different methodological approaches and concepts.
Methods Map allows you to explore methods, find definitions of key concepts, as well as browse relevant articles, book chapters, and videos on a myriad of topics.
Use Methods Map as a stepping stone to understanding the application of and theory behind selected methodologies and their interrelationships.
Below you will find an example of a "Quantitative data collection" map. You can either display documents on "Quantitative data collection", view related methods, explore sub-methods by clicking "Narrower terms" or move one step up to look at the more generic concept of "Data collection".
Screenshot from SAGE Research Methods
Project planning help
SAGE Research Methods also boasts a Project Planner tool, organized as an ongoing process., each step of the process explained and references to further readings provided. Steps include “defining a topic”, “reviewing the literature”, “research design”, “data collection” etc.
Search or browse encyclopedias and dictionaries for specific definitions, e.g. phenomenology. In most cases, these documents will be relatively brief. You can also watch short videos about the advantages and disadvantages of different methods.
Access to SAGE Research Methods
Find it on the list of databases under "s". Available to CBS students and staff.
Link to SAGE Research Methods