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Sociology: Research Methods


Scholarly articles of empirical research will contains sections on "Methods" and "Data" that describe how the research was conducted. As you develop your own research projects, you may need more information about the details of social science methodology.

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology

In addition to topical article, the Blackwell Encyclopedia has short articles on different methods, with suggestions for further reading at the end. Below is a selection, but all methods-related articles can be read online.

Little Green Books and Little Blue Books

These series from Sage, "Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences" (little and green) and "Qualitative Research Methods" (little and blue) are concise, standard guides to specific methodologies. They can be identified in CBBCat, the library catalog, using the links below:

Other Books on Methods

The library catalog can identify other useful books on research methods with the subjects listed below:

Specific disciplines can be combined with Research or Research Methodology when searching by subject, to find books on the methodology of that field. For example:

Oxford Bibliographies

Some Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, Criminology, and Education focus on specific methodologies, with annotated lists of introductory texts, notable examples, data sources, and critiques.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

The IESBS has many brief articles on social science methodologies, with bibliographies to direct you to relevant guides and handbooks. Those listed below are a sampling, but you can search the encyclopedia to find many more.