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About research methods

What exactly are research methods?

Research methods are the systematic tools used to conduct research.They are the systems that researchers follow to collect information in order to seek an answer to their research question.

Why are they important?

Research methods help researchers collect data in an accepted manner in order to produce accurate results. Sound methodology is important to make sure your research results can be trusted and respected in your field. In some disciplines, the use of standardized methods is also important to allow fellow researchers to replicate, or repeat, their studies.

Choosing the appropriate method for your study can be a challenge at first. 

Journal articles are always a good place to study research methods 

 

Guides to research methods for different disciplines

Qualitative Research  includes information about Sage Research Methods and other social science approaches 

Quantitative Research is characteristic of Science and Engineering Research. You can find links to different books on these topics 

Sage Research Methods is a useful resource for social science, business and health research 

NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It’s designed to help you organize, analyze and find insights in unstructured, or qualitative data like: interviews, open-ended survey responses, articles, social media and web content.

Māori Research Methodology takes you to an extensive list of resources 

Statistics gives you a guide to statistical methods books and  information on how to access specialized NZ statistical resources 

Research Support Team at UC

Left to Right:
Janette Nicolle, Dave Lane, Stuart Broughton (Manager), Nick Scullin, Anton Angelo, Alison Johnston, Kerry Gilmour, Absent Damian Cairns

We guide and support our community’s data, information and publication needs throughout the research lifecycle.

You can book online for classes on EndNote, EndNote online, NVivo and Using Word to write your thesis