SAGE Research Methods Online is a database that contains methods concepts to help researchers design research projects, understand particular methods, conduct their research, and write their findings.

Access the Sage Research Methods Online database here.

By the end of this tutorial learners will be able to:

  • list key content
  • access and download full text content
  • Create an account to save research

If we scroll over the Content button you can get a better idea of the types of sources your search will return. Let’s look at the types of sources through the lens of an actual search term.

As we begin to type the term, “Quantitative” some options are offered for the text. Note that these terms are standardized for the database – let’s choose the term Quantitative Research.

The results are returned in order of the most relevant but you can change this to the most recent or by title. Notice next to each item is the type of source such as a book, encyclopedia, and article. On the far right we can see the all of the types of sources including cases, journal articles, and videos and the corresponding number of sources per item type. Let’s look at this book by clicking on the title:

From here we have more information about the book and the electronic book chapters. Let’s open the third chapter, Methods of Inquiry.

Now we have the entire book chapter available. On this screen we have all of the citation information needed to cite the source. We can read this chapter on the screen. We can click the show page numbers link to show where the information would fall in the actual print copy of the book: NOTE, this is very important when you choose to cite a direct quote using APA citation style format. Toward the top we can download the pdf.

Citation information is included on the document as well as page numbers. Let’s go back to the screen listing all the resources related to our search.

Within the book category are the Little Green Books and Little Blue Books. The iconic series produced by Sage publishing company deal with Quantitative research methods and qualitative research methods respectively. The concise books are the hallmarks in providing information for both types of research methods.

Cases are actual case studies providing you information as to how a particular research methods was used.

Dictionaries provide definitions of various research methods and associated terms (great for concise explanations to use in your papers)

Encyclopedias introduce the topic in more depth and are likely to mention the history of the topic, major contributors to the research along with further reading and specific examples.

Journal articles provide examples which discuss the methodology. Use Sage Journals search box to find articles in which the particular methodology was used in research.

And videos are short, streaming videos presenting a researcher being interviewed about a particular research design.

Another popular feature of SRMO is the methods map.

Use this feature to drill down to more precise forms of data collection and methodologies. In this example I clicked on the methods map and am able to drill down to more specific forms of quantitative data analysis. You may do this with any broad methodology or data collection idea.

As with many databases you may create an account with Sage Research Methods so that you can save items to your research list. As I hover over one source notice the “Add to Methods List” button on the right-hand side. This allows me to save these particular resources in this database. When I want to refer to them again I simply come back to the database, log in with the account I created, and access my saved content.

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