5 Ways to Use SRM Reading Lists 4 Teaching Methods

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This series of posts corresponds to the 2018 SAGE Research Methods Open House. If you would like to access the SAGE e-books, articles, case studies, videos, and datasets mentioned in these posts, explore SAGE Research Methods with a free trial.

Reading Lists are a feature of the SAGE Research Methods library. This social bookmarking tool allows you to create and share lists of resources, including e-books or book chapters, articles, case studies, videos, or datasets. See how-to steps here, and an example here.

If you teach research methods, or teach courses that depend on an understanding of research methods, or supervise students’ research, Reading Lists can help. Here are 5 suggestions– use the comment area to add yours! Log into SRM now, using the above credentials, so you can access the lists.

Create a list of supplementary resources for your course. Make the list public and embed the link in your course learning management system, and/or share the link in the syllabus. For example, this list about interview research might be helpful to students in an introductory course in qualitative methods.

Create lists for each methodology, method, or research stage you teach or supervise.  What are the foundations you want students to understand before they design a thesis or dissertation proposal? For example, you could say “before you craft your informed consent agreement, review sources on this list,” or “if you are thinking about a qualitative dissertation, review sources on this list.”


Create lists to use for compare-and-contrast assignments. For example, this list contains sources about two types of ethnography, organizational and virtual. Ask students to review these resources and discuss similarities and differences.

Begin the term with a methods scavenger hunt in SRM. Require students to create and share lists with their discoveries. Now all students in have the benefit of multiple lists relevant to the course, and can add peers’ lists to their own.

Create lists for your own research and presentations. Create private lists to collect resources to support your own work. I have private lists for presentations I am preparing, and for new writing projects in the works.

Try it! Create a list relevant to your teaching or other work and share it. Post the link in the comment area.

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