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Research Assistance

Useful Search Terms

  • methodology [your subject] e.g. methodology psychology 
  • social surveys
  • social sciences statistical methods
  • social sciences research
  • social science methodology
  • research methodology
  • social sciences research methodology
  • qualitative research
  • dissertations academic
  • report writing
  • ethnology

Choosing a Research Methodology?

How to find books using LibrarySearch 

Let's use social sciences methodology as an example

Choose Advanced Search

Type social sciences methodology in the Any field contains search box but  CHANGE Any field to Subject, and CHANGE  Material Type to Books (scroll up). Click SEARCH.

At the results screen, go to the right hand navigation bar and Refine your results. Choose from the Sort by alternatives (leave at Relevance to start with, but you can select Date-newest if you prefer).

Next, have a look at Resource Type.   Choose Books.

Look at Subject. Click on Show More. You can choose from, for example, Methodology, Research Methods, or Social Sciences-Methodology.  

You can also choose Full-Text Online or Available in the Library from the Availability Option if that is important.

General Hints

Use the technique above but combine words

e.g.

  • methodology [your subject] e.g. methodology anthropology
  • quantitative research
  • quantitative methodology
  • research [your subject]

Look at the call numbers for the books and go and browse the shelves!

Writing up? 

How to find books using LibrarySearch

Let’s use dissertations academic as an example

Choose Advanced Search

Type dissertations academic in the Any field contains search box but CHANGE Any field to Subject, and CHANGE Material Type to Books (scroll up). Click SEARCH.

At the results screen, go to the right hand navigation bar and Refine your results. Choose from the Sort by alternatives (leave at Relevance to start with, but you can select Date-newest if you prefer).

Look at Subject. Click on Show More. You can choose from, for example e.g. Report writing

You can also choose from Availability.

Look at the call numbers for the books and go and browse the shelves!!!