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Selected reading

Functional Convolution Models

By Maria Asencio, Giles Hooker and H Oliver Gao

This article considers the application of functional data analysis methods to modelling particulate matter emission profiles from dynamometer experiments. In particular the functional convolution model is introduced as an extension…

A Framework for Using Discourse Analysis for the Review of the Literature in Counseling Research

By Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie and Rebecca K. Frels

The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for counselor researchers and practitioners for using a qualitative data analysis technique to analyze and interpret literature review sources—a process that we call a Discourse Analysis-Based Research…

Problematization meets mystery creation: Generating new ideas and findings through assumption-challenging research

By Mats Alvesson and Jörgen Sandberg

“Our purpose in this chapter is not to develop methodological procedures for generating more accurate and ‘objective’ representations of reality or of the authentic experiences and meanings of people; rather, our purpose is to discuss…

Big Data

By Rob Kitchin

“Business, government and research funders have largely remained firm in their conviction that big data is set to rise back up the hype cycle’s ‘slope of enlightenment’ to the ‘plateau of productivity’, and, what’s more, it is set to alter fundamentally how science…

The Research Thesis

By Paul Oliver

“In this chapter you will learn about the different forms which a research thesis can take, and explore the criteria which help to distinguish a master’s from a doctoral thesis. We look at the broad characteristics of academic writing, along with some of the…

Blog Posts

Free Webinar – Teaching Research Methods: How to Make it Meaningful to Students

How do you capture your students’ attention in your research methods course?  What works, and what doesn’t?  What are some of the challenges you face, and how do you overcome them?

Join SAGE authors Gregg Van Ryzin and Dahlia Remler on Wednesday, October 29, 11AM PT as they share their vast experience and approach to teaching Research Methods to students with diverse interests and different…


Posted by SAGE Publications on October 22, 2014 at 18:30

Free tips, resources, and exercises from SAGE’s Success in Research Series

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SAGE has pulled together some tips, exercises and resources covering a number of key areas of professional and research development: presenting research, developing research proposals,…


Posted by SAGE Publications on October 20, 2014 at 15:59

From research question to exploratory data analysis workshop

21 November 2014

University of Manchester

This is a one day introductory workshop which looks at the initial stages involved in undertaking a research project using survey data from the UK Data Service collection.

We will focus on the steps involved in:

  • clarifying a research question
  • using the UK Data Service Discover tool to locate data
  • evaluating data for your…

Posted by Alix Taylor on October 16, 2014 at 10:23

Big Data and Confidentiality: Does the rise of big data mean the downfall in privacy?

4 November 2014

University of Essex, Southend Campus

There is a lot of interest around big data, and at the same time there is fear about how it is used.

In this interactive roundtable event experts from a variety of disciplines will consider the confidentiality issues related to 'big data' and the existence and use of such large datasets.

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The phenomenon of 'big data' has become…


Posted by Alix Taylor on October 13, 2014 at 11:00

Learn how to embrace social media


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Should social science researchers embrace social media and, if we do, what are the implications for our methods and practice?

We know that social media tools are increasingly being used to as part of the social sciences. The nature of these tools means that it is a fast changing environment, with new practices emerging all the time. Despite this, there is limited interaction between practitioners or synthesis of different methods. There are also few opportunities to reflect on the implications of social media tools for our subjects of study, methods and ethics. Our network of methodological innovation brings together academics, researchers and research stakeholders in a community of practice with members drawn from the cutting-edge of academia, market research and applied social research.

The network is led by NatCen Social Research, SAGE and the Oxford Internet Institute, and funded by the NCRM. It’s hosted over several different platforms, including Methodspace, Blogspot, Twitter and YouTube, and will run over 12 months.


Message to the Negro Sanhedrin

Started by William Vann, III Social Studies in Book of the month discussions on Monday.

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Started by Teresa Darlene Miller in Methodspace discussion. Last reply by Stephen Gorard on Wednesday.

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