Social scientists use a variety of methods to operationalize their hypotheses, test their questions, and generate primary data. It may be that, as you were doing the background reading to find your question, you noticed the methods that were used by other researchers in your area. These models can be excellent places to start. And as always, consult with your instructor or project advisor whenever you have methodological uncertainties.
Sage Research Methods Collection
- Sage Research Methods Online The ultimate research methods library, it has more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, case studies, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences.
- Users can browse content by topic, discipline, or format type (reference works, book chapters, definitions, etc.). SRM offers several research tools as well: a methods map, user-created reading lists, a project planner, and advice on choosing statistical tests.
Faculty Recommended Core Resources
These methodology texts are recommended by the research advisors in the Social Sciences. Not all texts will necessarily work for all questions, but many will have valuable suggestions.