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Welcome

Researchers use a wide variety of methods to find answers to their questions. This guide contains resources that will help you understand different methods so that you can understand the research done by others and decide how to do your own research.  

Reviewing the literature is an important step in any research project, and the Literature Reviews page contains resources to help you write a lit review.  

On the Subject Specific Methodology page you'll find guides to doing research in specific fields.

Many classes require you to look at both sides of an argument, look at the Argumentative & Persuasive Research page for details about this.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Before conducting research with human subjects, you must receive approval from your school's Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure information is kept confident and/or anonymous.

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Definitions

Qualitative research provides an in-depth understanding of human behavior. Qualitative answers why and how of decisions or choices. Qualitative data is descriptive in nature. Examples include interviews and case studies.

Quantitative research is the systematic measurement via statistical, mathematical, numerical data or computational methods. Quantitative data is numerical in form. Examples include statistics and percentages.

Mixed methods research includes both qualitative and quantitative research practices.

Research Methodology Guides

Books and other material about research methodology can help you determine the type of research method you should be using, analyze data, and effectively communicate your results and research.

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