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Research Methods

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Finding Information About Research Methods

Literature on research methods can be found in books and journal articles, so searching in the library catalog and databases will turn up relevant sources.

Some relevant subjects to search on in the Library Catalog include:

  • Social sciences -- Research
  • Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology
  • Psychology -- Research; or Social sciences -- Statistical methods

Many publishers distribute books on research methods. Sage is among the most prolific and offers Sage Research Methods: a database devoted specifically to the research methods literature.

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Writing Handbooks

Listed below are a selection of writing handbooks to help you get started. 

For a list of additional books, try one of the following subject searches in the Library Catalog:

  • Psychology -- Authorship
  • Psychology -- Authorship -- Style manuals
  • Psychology -- Authorship -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
  • Psychology -- Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
  • Psychological literature -- Publishing
  • Social sciences -- Authorship.
  • Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Dissertations, Academic -- Authorship.

General Writing Handbooks

Psychology Student Writing Handbooks

Writing, Research, & Publishing Guides

See also the Sage Research Methods database, which includes a large number of books about writing and research techniques.

Literature Review Resources


  • Boote, D. N., & Beile, P. (2005). Scholars Before Researchers: On the Centrality of the Dissertation Literature Review in Research Preparation. Educational Researcher, 34(6), 3–15. doi:10.3102/0013189X034006003
  • Dunne, C. (2011). The place of the literature review in grounded theory research. International Journal Of Social Research Methodology, 14(2), 111-124. doi:10.1080/13645579.2010.494930
  • Reviewing the Literature. (2005). In Jerry J. Wellington, A. Bathmaker, C. Hunt, G. McCulloch, & P. Sikes (Eds.), Succeeding with Your Doctorate. (pp. 73-92). SAGE Publications Ltd. doi:10.4135/9781849209977.n5

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