Research Methods

General Resources

Bill Trochim’s Center for Social Research Methods

A virtual resource center for applied social research and evaluation by Bill Trochim of Cornell University.
Social Research Methods

The Global Social Change Research Project Resources for Evaluation and Social Research Methods

This site links to on line books, manuals and guides about evaluation and social research methods, such as surveys, observations, and others.
Resources for Evaluation and Social Research Methods

Knowledge Management: “Business Researcher’s Jumpstation”

Specific search engines and indices that together can provide you with the most efficient and effective research strategy.
“Information Now!” Research Directories

Program Development and Evaluation

Publications produced by the University of Wisconsin Extension office that are meant as resources for evaluation of programs.
Evaluation Publications

Qualitative Research in Information Systems

Produced by the Association for Information Systems, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Information on conduct and evaluation of the publication of qualitative research.

Researching Librarian

Links to selected web resources useful for research: freely searchable citation and full-text databases, funding information, relevant journals, statistics and statistical methods, useful research tools, current awareness sources, and conference papers and proceedings.
Researching Librarian
Page on Statistics and Statistical Methods

Social Research Update

New developments in social research including new statistical techniques.

Statistical Good Practice Guidelines

A series of guides intended to help research and support staff in development projects.
Guides to Good Statistical Practice

Tutorials and Textbooks

Cornell Tutorials on Research

Each of these projects teaches a specific research method topic for audiences that are new to social research

Research Methods Tutorial

Methods in Behavioral Research, 6th ed.
An electronic text for research methods courses in psychology and other behavioral sciences, authored by Paul C. Cozby.
Methods in Behavioral Research

Online Statistics: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study

This site is a self-described “introductory-level statistics book.” It features interactive demonstrations and simulations, case studies, and an analysis lab. Subjects covered include a variety of statistical concepts from probability to chi-square distribution.
Online Statistics Book


American Statistical Association Survey Research Methods Section

Information on how to conduct sample surveys and what is involved in the evaluation of the results of surveys
What is a Survey

Designing Surveys and Questionnaires

Tutorial offers advice on how to design a questionnaire and conduct a survey.

E-mail and Web Surveys

This Rand Corporation book examines the validity of claims that Internet surveys are faster, better, cheaper, and easier to use than telephone or mail methods. Contents available in PDF format.
Conducting Research Surveys via E-mail and the Web

Pearson NCS (Research Notes Subject Index)

Includes a library of articles, calculators, and a glossary of common survey terms.
Survey Research Tools

Question Design and Survey Sampling

Offers a variety of resources designed for those needing to perform basic statistical analyses on data from sample surveys.

Reducing Error in Mail Surveys

Article regarding how to reduce common errors in mail surveys.

Survey Research Overview

An overview of the key areas of survey research and a glossary of common terms.
Survey Research

Survey Resources

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library, this LiveBinder of resources is geared toward libraries interested in putting together local surveys. Updated periodically.

Focus Groups

Center for Higher Education Development—Coventry University

Basic information about focus group research with links to other informational websites and articles.
Focus Group Research

How to Get More Out of Focus Groups

Several articles on focus groups including how to avoid common pitfalls, conducting focus groups with people with disabilities, and getting the most from focus group moderators.
Focus Groups

Key Concepts and Terms

Includes an overview, the role of the moderator, and focus group vs. group interviews.
Overview of Focus Groups


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