I recently attended a training on the SAGE Research Methods online resource. This is a wonderful site from SAGE Publications that gives great details and articles relating to how to conduct research. This is an area that I did not have much experience with until I attended this training.
The idea of researching how to do research was an idea that I suppose sounded plausible, but coming from a background in English and history, I never needed to conduct any studies or research anything that involved others people. But, from the start of this class I knew that I would love this resource in the context of my current career as an Academic Cataloging Librarian.
As a publishing house, SAGE puts out many different types of materials on many different topics. Two of their most popular publications are their Little Green Books and Little Blue Books. These publications focus on Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies respectively. They also have larger textbook size volumes as well as articles on any topic of research methods you could wish. However, one of the best things about this resource are their case studies and data sets. The data in these two features are unique to SAGE and can help researchers both in seeing how the data was collected (for possible studies of their own), and it can also help researchers use the collected data for articles.
By far the best feature of the SAGE Research Methods resource is the Methods Map. This is a visual tool that will guide users, that may not know exactly what they’re looking for, toward a set to article/videos/books that only involve the topic they selected. In the screenshot below, you can see that the broad topic of Research Methods is on the left and little sub topics are on the right. This same format continues as users click on narrower and narrower topics until they find exactly what they are looking for.
If you are a member of the University of North Texas community or wish to come to the UNT Library, you can use this link to access the resource for free: http://iii.library.unt.edu/record=e1000942~S12.
However, if you are not part of UNT, please check with your local library or University to see if they subscribe to SAGE Research Methods.