Want More Citations? Write a Methods Book!

Citation data has become increasingly integral to the social sciences with academics working hard to promote their work and to attract attention from their peers; citations are used to measure success, to discern evidence of impactful research and to quantify academic productivity. Rightly or wrongly they let us ‘count’ the social sciences. We need the […]

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Archived Webinar: How to Turn Researchers into Research Managers

Let’s deal with the bad news about becoming a research manager first. Research management is hampered by the old-fashioned approaches taken by many universities, great researchers don’t necessarily translate into great manages, and there’s not a lot of outside resources  to help prospective managers excel. But there is hope! That was the message presented by Robert […]

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How Can Librarians Help Teach Research Methods ?

This post originally appeared on the SAGE Connection blog. *** How can librarians better support faculty who teach research methods? What materials do students look for in their libraries? Sharlene Hesse-Biber, a celebrated research methods author and faculty member at Boston College, sought out the answers to these questions by working closely with her library […]

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Research to Learn with Class Projects

This article is part of the Learning to Research, Researching to Learn series of posts focused on teaching and research in methods and curricular courses. Research activities are beneficial to students in curricular courses, whether or not students are preparing to conduct empirical studies. In today’s world, we need citizens and professionals in every field […]

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Methods in Action: Visualizing Social Media Analysis

There’s a lot of hope attached to idea that the use of big data-drivers like social media can create important social science. In a small scale test of that big idea, software developers, requirements engineers and social scientists collaborated to see if they could make practical use of Twitter to learn about patient experiences of […]

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Methods in Action: Mylynn Felt on Using Data in Qualitative Research

There’s a developing “data gold rush” for social science, and to address it a popular recent paper in the journal Big Data & Society calls for researchers to combine their traditional skills in qualitative methodology with the newly available social media data analytics. As the pell-mell imagery of a gold rush suggests, there are riches […]

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Using Inquiry Models to Learn How to Ask Questions

While MethodsSpace is a community of researchers, many of us also find ourselves in the role of instructor. This post is the first of a series that will explore juxtapositions of research methods and instruction. In Learning to Research/Researching to Learn posts I will explore ways that instructors can infuse research activities into courses where […]

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Archived Webinar: Learn the Essentials of Data Visualization

Earlier this month, we held the webinar, Learn the essentials of data visualization, with Stephanie Evergreen, a US-based expert on using research to present data effectively, and Andy Kirk, a UK-based apostle for better designed data visualization. In this one-hour webinar, Evergreen and Kirk addressed the basics of data design and demonstrated various ways for showing different […]

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