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Research Methods: Home

In this Guide

Each tabbed page in this guide goes over the various ways that your research can be presented.  

Create an annotated bibliography can help you organize your thoughts about the literature you found relevant to your 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.  

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

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

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.

Related Guides


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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