Your assignments may ask you to search for a specific type of research study. Use the tips on this page to help you find specific kinds of studies within the library's databases.
These three strategies can help you locate qualitative and quantitative articles as you search library databases.
What is Qualitative research? - "an approach to research that is primarily concerned with studying the nature, quality, and meaning of human experience. It asks questions about how people make sense of their experiences, how people talk about what has happened to them and others, and how people experience, manage, and negotiate situations they find themselves in. Qualitative research is interested both in individual experiences and in the ways in which people experience themselves as part of a group. Qualitative data take the form of accounts or observations, and the findings are presented in the form of a discussion of the themes that emerged from the analysis. Numbers are very rarely used in qualitative research."
Willig, C. (2016). Qualitative research. In L. H. Miller (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of theory in psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
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What is Quantitative research? - "Quantitative research relies primarily on the collection of quantitative data and has its own, unique set of assumptions and normative practices... Goals include to describe, to predict, and to explain human phenomena."
Quantitative research. (2009). In L. E. Sullivan (Ed.), The SAGE glossary of the social and behavioral sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
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