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Welcome to the Research Methods
Information Guide

This guide provides pointers for getting started with your research study. Whether using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods, you will find useful resources including links to key licensed library databases, journals, and books, as well as open web content.

If you would like additional help with your research projects, or with learning how to use library resources, don't hesitate to contact the library.

Key Resources


While most of the licensed databases in the Trefry Library contain research articles, the databases listed below include a focus on research methods-oriented journals and sources. For a complete list of licensed databases, see the A-Z List.

What is the Difference Between "Researching" & "Research Methods?"


Researching focuses on how to locate and retrieve information sources. This involves developing keywords, search strategies, and knowing how to use various searching functions such as

For information on researching, see the Trefry Library's Research@APUS website.

Research Methods

Research methods refers to the practical steps one takes to do/implement a research study (i.e, a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods investigation). NOTE: Methods is not the same thing as methodology. See Methods vs. Methodology | How Are They Different? on this guide for clarification.

SAGE Video: What Are Reseach Methods?

Hear experts define and discuss the importance of research methods, the building blocks of conducting research.

Posted Feb 4, 2014 | 4:23 min | Transcript available at YouTube site



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