Extensive New Library of Materials on Research Methods

Research methods are a key element of the curriculum in many marketingresearchdepartments at DePaul.  In response, the library has acquired SAGE Research Methods which provides a wide array of electronic materials to support faculty who are teaching research methods.

Sage Reference Methods contains over one thousand eBooks, selected journal content, case studies and data sets. This tool can help at all stages of the research process, from conducting a literature review to analyzing the data.  It can be browsed by method type (focus group, survey, usability, multivariate, quasi-experimental, etc.) or by discipline (political science, nursing, business, psychology, etc.) so you and your students explore the best methods to address your specific research question.

In addition to a rich array of standard texts (some examples of which are featured alongmatlabside this article), this database contains a large number of reference titles, and also the Little Green Books series, which focus on quantitative methods, and also Little Blue Books series, which focus on qualitative methods.

Their collection of case studies provide detailed real life examples of how researchers have employed various research methods.  Written up as teaching tools, these include specific intended learning outcomes from the case, as well as exercises and discussion questions. Case studies include analyses of the benefits and limitations of the method as well as as well as test data sets for students to use to practice their analysis skills.

Sage Research Methods also includes an extensive array of datasets, including examples of audio files, case notes, ethnographic fieldnotes, focus group transcripts, interview transcripts, letters, narratives, numeric, photographs, survey, and videos. The datasets come with an overview discussing the source of the data and the suggested analysis approach. For example, Identifying Themes and Coding Interview Data: Reflective Practice in Higher Education discusses the process of coding an earlychildhoodresearchinterview, the exemplar being used and then a transcript of the interview itself, and Reflexive Video Journals: Relations to Food and Sustainability discusses the use of reflexive/video diaries, the exemplar being used and then a transcript of a diary for analysis.

We hope that you and your students will find the materials in this new resource useful as both teaching and research tools.

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