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Methodology issues

As stated on the previous page, the following resources are designed to complement the support and advice of Academic Schools and Departments. Please follow your department's guidelines and only use the materials offered here to supplement these.

Note: these resources are listed in alphabetical order. 

Male student reading in the library 



Links to Study Resources for Methodology Issues
Title of ResourceDescription of ResourceSource

Approaching the Dissertation: appropriate methodologies

Section from Companion for Undergraduate Dissertations: Social Sciences - advice on how to choose and use different research methodologies

University of Birmingham: developed in partnership by the Higher Education Academy and Sheffield Hallam University 

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)

How to critically appraise evidence-based research for Health and Social Care: covers Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Qualitative Research, Economic Evaluation Studies, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, and Diagnostic Test Studies


EdX - data analysis and statistics courses

Free online courses cover topics such as machine learning, baseball analytics, probability, randomization, quantitative methods and much more.

Open edX

Online QDA 

A set of learning materials about qualitative data analysis (QDA) and beginning to use Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages.  Identifies types of Qualitative Research e.g. Action Research, Discourse Analysis, Grounded Theory, Phenomenology.  Includes audio and video tutorials.

University of Huddersfield 

Research methods e-books

A range of e-books are available on research methods which supplement items available to borrow

NUsearch - requires UoN log-in

Understanding research study designs

Basic definitions and examples of research designs - using clinical/health sciences studies: case studies and case reports; case control studies; cohort studies; randomised controlled studies; double-blind method; meta-analyses; and systematic reviews.  A PDF of the page is accessible from the website.

Bio-medical library, University of Minnesota




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