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Research Methods Knowledge Base

Research Methods Knowledge Base

The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods. It covers the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and nonprobability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobtrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and, writing the research paper. It also addresses the major theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research including: the idea of validity in research; reliability of measures; and ethics. The Knowledge Base was designed to be different from the many typical commercially-available research methods texts. It uses an informal, conversational... Show More


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Fern Entrekin
Fern Entrekin (Faculty)
9 years ago
I use “The Road to Research” for an introductory course in educational technology research. The visual of the road, with signposts, supports the short text description. This simple visual explanation of the elements required in the research process is perfectly designed for graduate students in an introductory research course.
Used in course? Yes
Sam Martin
Sam Martin (Faculty)
10 years ago
Good adjunct to the physical text book. The student is advised to enroll in an class that uses the text, and use this learning material (website) to enhance the learning experience.

Technical Remarks:

Easy navigation; easy on the eyes.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes.