Methods

Statistics and Data Analysis

Data Sources

Searching for data

Data repositories

Datasets

Research Design

Research Questions

  • Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research
    • Chapter 3: From Topics to Questions
    • Chapter 4: From Questions to a Problem
  • Robert L. Alford, The Craft of Inquiry

Literature Reviews

  • Google Scholar via VCU | Instructions
  • Shira Lurie, "How to Read a Book in Two Hours or Less"
  • VCU Libraries: Write a Literature Review
  • VCU Libraries: Sociology Research Guide (links to databases)
  • Journal Citation Reports (impact factors for journals)
  • Lynn White, “Writes of Passage: Writing an Empirical Journal Article
  • Howard S. Becker, Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article
    • Chapter 8: Terrorized by the Literature
  • Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research
    • Chapter 5: From Problems to Sources
    • Chapter 6: Engaging Sources
  • Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say / I Say
    • Introduction: Entering the Conversation
    • Chapter 1: “They Say”: Starting with What Others Are Saying
    • Chapter 2: “Her Point Is”: The Art of Summarizing
    • Chapter 3: “As He Himself Puts It”: The Art of Quoting
    • Chapter 7: “So What? Who Cares”: Saying Why It Matters
    • Chapter 17: “Analyze This”: Writing in the Social Sciences
  • David R. Krathwohl and Nick L. Smith, How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal

Data Collection

Presentations