Examines the steps for planning and carrying out a research study. It explains how to choose a topic; establish a hypothesis; select variables; choose a research design; select participants; and collect data, analyze results, and share the findings of the study.
Presents vignettes that follow students devising a research proposal. This entertaining program examines ethical issues in reporting and conducting research. It offers examples of such reporting issues as plagiarism, credits and citations, and falsification and fabrication of data and teaches how to avoid breaches of ethics. The DVD explores ethical issues in research conduct, including acceptable uses of animals in scientific research and such issues surrounding human research subjects as obtaining informed consent, gaining assent from subjects under the age of 18, assurance of freedom from harm, the use of debriefing, and maintenance of confidentiality. It also discusses conflict of interest.
Teaches how to understand research studies and evaluate the quality of information presented. Outlines the structure of a scientific paper, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, and literature cited; differentiates among such research method types as observational studies, true experiments, and quasi-experiments; and shows how to evaluate the quality of a study design. The program features interviews with experts, offers illustrative vignettes, includes examples, and defines key terms.
The UoM flagship site for library research services:
The Library collections offer many texts on research methods.
University of Melbourne students and staff can also access SAGE Research Methods online (also known as SRMO) , an online compendium of resources including many e-books. Search by keywords or use the visual interface in the SRMO Methods Map
SRMO links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools.
You'll need to be alert to the methodologies (also known as philosophies or research paradigms) underlying research methods. Use of the appropriate terms might be important in your literature searching.
Mainstream medical literature and reports on controlled clinical trials may be strongly positivist. Sage Research Methods also uses the related term objectivist.
Qualitative research studies and syntheses may encompass interpretivist, constructivist, constructionist and post-positivist approaches.
Other studies might use mixed methods or be realist or pragmatic.
Action research and best-fit framework synthesis are iterative, working through more than one cycle of assessment and discovery.
How can you uniquely identify a researcher and their output?
A researcher profile identifies an individual researcher and their research publications. Helpful for both authors and their readers. Mandated or strongly recommended by some funding bodies.
How can you assess the relative quality of a publication, journal or researcher?
Research impact is a measure of citedness or at least readership or reach of an item or author. It is often interpreted as a measure of research quality, depending on the discipline.