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Qualitative Research

Compilation of supplementary resources for Research Methods or Social Research Methods Courses

Reference Works

Databases and Journals


  • AnthroSource: a collection of all past and current publications of the American Anthropological Association, including journals, newsletters, bulletins, and conference proceedings
  • CINAHL: provides comprehensive indexing of the nursing and allied health journal literature
  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center): a national online database of education research and information
  • Google Scholar
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global: includes records for international dissertations beginning in the year 1637 and U.S. dissertations beginning with the first one, accepted in 1861
  • PubMed: is a database of more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. 
  • PsycInfo: is an index of scholarly literature in behavioral sciences and mental health fields
  • SAGE Knowledge: Collection of over 5000 eBooks, including monographs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks
  • SAGE Research Methods: is a platform with information about research methodologies in a variety of disciplines. 
  • Social Services Abstracts: provides bibliographic  coverage of current research focused on social work, human services and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development
  • Sociological Abstracts: abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences


These essential reference materials can help provide general information concerning qualitative research methods, theories, and practices.  The list of databases and journals can act as a starting point for finding sources and beginning your search for information.


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