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Research Methods

Research methods are the strategies, processes or techniques utilized in the collection of data or evidence for analysis in order to uncover new information or create better understanding of a topic.

There are different types of research methods which use different tools for data collection.

For support in using Sage Research Methods please see their support guide.

Watch this video for an overview of SAGE Research Methods and the tools that are available to help you answer the methods questions you come up with during the research process.  You'll learn about the types of content available, how the content has been tagged with a unique taxonomy to provide targeted search results, and the unique features and functionality of the platform.

Watch this video to learn how to search content, refine results, review abstracts, download PDFs, cite research, use the Methods Lists feature, and discover related content.

Watch this video to learn how to utilize the Methods Map to help with your research and discover content within SAGE Research Methods.  The Methods Map is a visualization of the unique taxonomy of 1,400 methods-related terms that are used within the tool. Discover how to use the Methods Map to explore relationships between methods-related terms after performing a search.  You will also learn what Methods Lists are, how to use them, and how to create and share your own lists.

Types of research methods

Qualitative Research gathers data about lived experiences, emotions or behaviours, and the meanings individuals attach to them. It assists in enabling researchers to gain a better understanding of complex concepts, social interactions or cultural phenomena. This type of research is useful in the exploration of how or why things have occurred, interpreting events and describing actions.

Quantitative Research gathers numerical data which can be ranked, measured or categorised through statistical analysis. It assists with uncovering patterns or relationships, and for making generalisations. This type of research is useful for finding out how many, how much, how often, or to what extent.

Mixed Methods Research integrates both Qualitative and Quantitative Research. It provides a holistic approach combining and analysing the statistical data with deeper contextualised insights. Using Mixed Methods also enables Triangulation, or verification, of the data from two or more sources.