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foundations of research methods

Understand the foundations of research methods

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Where to begin?

SAGE Research Methods Foundations is the perfect companion for novice researchers. It provides bite-size, introductory overviews to all the major methods topics to help get you on your way.

How do I get started?

A great way to kick-start your research journey is to look at the list of Foundation Entries. These give introductory overviews to major research methods, covering their history, development and critical debates surrounding them. 

Choose the Foundation Entry most relevant to the method you want to learn about and you will be directed to what read next.

Want to learn about key methodologists?

Read our Pioneer entries to learn about the methods innovators. These biographical entries evaluate the lasting contributions of both classic figures and lesser-known researchers whose work had gone unrecognized, including female scholars and those of other ethnic backgrounds.

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All entries in SAGE Research Methods Foundations are grouped into series of related entries.

If you're not sure where to start you could check out the series browse page

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For a full list of Foundations Editors & Associate Editors, and Editorial Board Members,click here

Methods Map

Use the Methods Map to browse the resources in SAGE Research Methods. Learn how methods are related and find definitions of key terms.


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