SAGE Research Methods can help you with every stage of your research project.
Nearly every research project has 9 main steps:
1. Defining a Topic
You may already have a topic in mind, or your topic was assigned to you. If not, search Topic on SRM, and this book chapter entry, “Choosing a Topic” will help you choose a sound area to study.
2. Developing a Researchable Research Question
3. Designing Your Research and Choosing Your Method
The Methods Map can help you choose a method if you’re not sure which to use. If you already have your method, you can search directly for it. The search results will provide both brief explanations of the method via dictionary and encyclopedia entries as well as in-depth how-tos in book-length entries.
6. Doing Fieldwork/Gathering Data
7. Analyzing Your Data/Findings
8. Writing Up
Books with step-by-step information on hundreds of data collection methods are included. In this instance, our researcher has chosen a survey, and Designing Surveys includes steps on writing and organizing the questions, designing and selecting the sample, and tips on reducing sources of error in the collection. Resources specific to data analysis and writing up your findings are also included.