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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.

Below are EXAMPLES of research methodology books Auraria Library owns. We have many more! To find more on your topic, use the search box below and enter keywords related to your subject, plus "research methods" (or another phrase that describes research methods such as "quantitative research" "qualitative research" "scientific research") in your search. Then limit your results to books/eBooks.

Example searches:

  • biology AND "qualitative research"
  • "political science" AND survey methods

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