At its core, MentorSpace provides access to “how to do” content spanning the research methods process. As a place where practicing researchers share “how to” make research easier, MentorSpace capitalizes on the wisdom of those who have executed some aspect of the research process and want to share their knowledge with others. Content contributors often are SAGE authors as well as instructors and graduate students in the social and behavioral research methods field.
The hub extends the services offered by its parent MethodSpace, which offers access to blogs, a calendar of events, featured posts about new SAGE textbook content, targeted access to SRM content and SAGE journal articles, and forward-looking content that addresses SAGE Ocean, Q Step, and other innovative projects. MethodSpace was created by SAGE in 2009 to offer members of the research community a central hub for accessing and discussing ideologies, resources, and events in the field.
Neither MethodSpace nor MentorSpace require you to register as a member to view its content, but we encourage you to do so especially if you are interested in asking questions in our forums and groups, or if you want to create a forum or group to explore your own research interest.
In addition to be a place where you can ask questions, MentorSpace is a place for users to connect, share insights, learn from their colleagues, and broaden their professional networks. You can browse content types including:
- “Methods in Action”- posts that describe a specific technique or report on particular research efforts that explore the methodology or innovation used
- “What I learned about doing research”- posts that describe the circumstances surrounding a research effort including key obstacles and takeaways
- “What I learned about teaching research”- tips for teaching courses in the methods field
- Interviews– posts that examine problem solving in research, focusing on how to critically approach a problem and what steps to use.