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Sociology Graduate Students: Methods Literature

Overview of sociology resources for beginning graduate students

Little Green Books

Little Green Book from Sage

Methods "How to" Literature

The library maintains an extensive collection of materials related to social science methods, both qualitative and quantitative. Some useful subject headings are

Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology ; Qualitative research -- Methodology ; Quantitative research -- Methodology

Sage is an important publisher of social science methods titles including Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences (aka "the Little Green Books") and Qualitative Methods in Social Science (aka "the Little Blue Books").

Many, but not all, of the Sage methods publications are found in:

Sage Research Methods Online (with Case Studies)

a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SRMO links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SRMO focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.  You are now able to locate e-links to individual titles in the library's catalog.

SRMO contains content from
- Over 600 books
- Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Handbooks
- The entire “Little Green Book” and “Little Blue Book” series
- Two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles
- Newly commissioned videos

Now includes Case Studies highlighting publications or dissertations on a variety of topics with comments from authors on how they chose various methods with pros and cons.

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