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.
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.