A Primer on Getting the Most out of SAGE Research Methods

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If your university library has  SRM, use these posts to learn ways to navigatethe site and use unique community features such as Methods Maps and Reading Lists.

See examples for curated lists about methods for studying and understanding research and social media, blogs, and e-research, as well as social issues such as race and gender. Use these examples as the basis for your own custom lists, and learn ways to use this feature in teaching methods or supervising research.

Navigating SAGE Research Methods 101
SAGE Research Methods is a virtual library where you can readily zero in on a known title, or get lost in the stacks. Log into SRM and you will see many navigation options. Janet Slamons will point to search options on the top page, and in subsequent Open House posts she will highlight other options and community features.

Navigate with a Map on SRM
SAGE Research Methods offers a visual search tool that allows for an iterative style of exploration. Janet Salmons takes you step by step on how to curate a Methods MAp on the SRM page.

Navigating SAGE Research Methods by Discipline
You can hone your SAGE Research Methods search to serve any of these purposes. Disciplinary options are available in several places on SRM, and you can readily add or subtract disciplines in the middle of your inquiry.

Use the SRM Research Project Planner
You might imagine that a Research Project planner is some kind of spreadsheet or scheduling template. While those kinds of tools might be helpful at some point, if you don’t know where you’re going it is hard to know how to map the journey. The SAGE Project Planner is set of materials designed to help you see what needs to be included in a research planning process.

Finding Videos in SRM
Videos offer an opportunity to hear an experienced researcher explain some aspect of research design or practice. SAGE Research Methods contains a growing collection of videos. How do you find the ones you or your students need?

SRM Videos to Match Research Readiness
Sometimes we just want a clear explanation. We want someone to connect the proverbial dots, share real-world experiences, and help us understand complex ideas or practices. SAGE Research Methods houses a growing collection of videos that bring research, academic, and professional skills to life. How can you find the ones that answer your questions, or the questions of your students?

Teaching with Reading Lists

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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.

SRM Social Bookmarking with Reading Lists
What are “Reading Lists?” This post will explain how Reading Lists work and in subsequent posts I will explore ways to use them in teaching, guiding researchers, or building community around a research topic, method, or discipline.

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E-Research Reading List on SRM
During the SAGE Research Methods Open House, you can access e-books, cases, videos, or datasets on many types of e-research. JAnet Salmons has created a couple of Reading Lists to get you started! See the broad E-Research Reading List, Social Media Research Reading List and the E-Interview Research Reading List.

Social Media & Qualitative Research
If you would like to learn more about ways qualitative researchers use social networking sites to observe, listen, and/or interact with participants, use your log-in to access the SAGE Research Methods library.

Research on or with Blogs: SRM Resources
Do you study blogs? Or are you interested in disseminating your research on blogs? If so, you might want to check out this collection of book chapters, articles, case studies and videos about academic uses of blogs.

Read the SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods
The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods (2016) is a treasure trove of chapters on designing and conducting quantitative or qualitative research, analyzing and using data from social media.

Big Data Don’t Cry: Facing Interview Participants
Many styles and types of interviews are conducted by qualitative or mixed-methods researchers. Once we have recruited participants and negotiated a consent agreement, there are three stages to think about for most interviews.

Focus Groups: How-To + Practice Datasets
Ever thought about conducting a focus group? Wonder how to analyze data you collect? This month’s free method’s dataset from SAGE is…

Data Visualization & Presentation With Microsoft Office: Read on SRM
Visual communications are more important than ever. We need to draw readers into our articles, and keep attendees attention when presenting our work. This is a practical book for anyone who needs to create presentations, or clear graphics for publications.

Visual Methods Resources on SRM
Researchers have known about the power of pictures for a long time, and have used images in data collection as well as in the presentation of results. You can find posts on MethodSpace that explore visual methods and data visualization.

More than a Month: Women’s History & Progress
Progress for women is a long-range global commitment laid out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. While gender issues pervade all 17 goals, Goal 5 specifically points to the need to achieve gender equality and to empower all women and girls.

More than a Month: Black History
What can we learn from scholarly research to better understand these complex issues? As researchers, what do we need to know in order to design studies that will have a meaningful impact and improve pubic understanding? How can we engage respectfully with diverse participants?

Love & Research: A Valentines Day List on SRM
Sharing lists of sources on your favorite topic is one of the ways to use the SAGE Research Methods Reading List feature. Just for fun, here is a Valentines Day list on research & love.

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