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Method literature

When you write an assignment at university you will need to use one or more research methods for data collection and analysis. You will therefore require literature about different research methods. This page provides some tips and advice for finding literature about research methodology.

In general

You can search for books about research methodology in OneSearch by writing research method* in the search field and limiting your search to books. This will give you both general and subject-specific results.
The asterisk * means that you truncate a word. That is, you search for all words that begin with that word stem. (Link to the video about truncation)

Subject-specific

You can search for books about subject-specific research methodology in OneSearch by writing research method* and your subject in the search field and limiting the search to books. This will give you results for method literature within that particular subject.

Specific method or methodological approach

You can search for books about a specific method or methodological approach by entering your search terms in OneSearch. If necessary, you can limit your search by adding your subject. You can also search for different methods such as survey*, interview*, focus group*, regression analysis*.

Suggested search terms for finding books that treat different aspects of research methodology:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods, along with specific statistical methods, such as regression analysis
  • Survey methodology
  • Interview techniques
  • Evaluation methodology
  • Measurement (in technology, health care and economics)
  • Psychological measurement
  • Legal method