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Best Practices In Quantitative Methods For Developmentalists
Call Number: A&T STACKS LB1105 .B47 2006

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Case Study Research : Theory, Methods, Practice
Call Number: A&T STACKS H61 .W66 2010

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Comparative methods in the social sciences
Call Number: A&T REF H61 .C5245 2006 v.1 - 4

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Encyclopedia of case study research
Call Number: A&T REF H62 .E582 2010 v.1 - 2

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Encyclopedia of measurement and statistics
Call Number: A&T REF HA29 .S2363 2007 v.1 - 3

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Encyclopedia of research design
Call Number: A&T REF HA29 .E525 2010 v.1 - 3

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Encyclopedia of scientific principles, laws, and theories
Call Number: A&T REF Q121 .K74 2008 v.1

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Encyclopedia of statistics in quality and reliability
Call Number: A&T REF TS156 .E54 2007 v.1 - 4

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Encyclopedia of survey research methods
Call Number: A&T REF HN29 .E53 2008 v.1 - 2

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Principles of experimental research
Call Number: A&T STACKS Q180.55.M4 S75 2006

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Subjectivity Of Scientists And The Bayesian Approach
Call Number: A&T STACKS Q180.55.M4 .P73 2001

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Understanding research methods : an overview of the essentials
Call Number: A&T STACKS Q180.55.M4 P38 2005

 

Methodologies and Models

Your methodology is perhaps the most essential part of your research. You cannot possibly complete research without a research methodology which clearly delineates how you are performing research. If you are not certain, you should consider discussing with your advisor and researching common methodologies in your field.

In some fields, the question and field inherently define a certain methodology. For example, in anthropology there are well established procedures for examining new artifacts. So defining your methodology may not be much challenge.

In other fields, you may need to determine the model, theory, or framework you think suits your problem before you can seriously think about the methodology. For example, in meteorologic investigations, once you've picked a modeling program you want to use it will often define the data collection and input that you will use.

If you do not know where to start, consider looking through some research method books in your field and learning more about measurement in your field.

Make sure that in your literature review you research, read up on, and thoroughly discuss the methodology that you use! You must demonstrate that you have a good understanding of your methodology (as well as any associated theories, models, measures, or tools that you use).

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