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Sociological Research

A quick guide to sociological research methods for collecting and evaluating information on your topic.

Little Green Books

Little Green Book from Sage


Little Blue 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 Research Methods

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 (SRMO)

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.‚Äč

To browse the Green and Blue book collections, just hover over the Content tab.  

In addition to the content of the Little Green and Blue Books, Sage Research Methods has content from dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, over 600 books, six Majors Works collating a selection of journal articles, and newly commissioned videos.      

Sage Research Methods Cases include case studies of real social science research--authors describe their topics, deciding on a method, and successes/barriers they encountered along the way.  It also includes citations to recently published articles that came from this research.   

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