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IRP 410 Global Challenges (Spring 2022): Research Methods

Librarian curated research starting points for students in Dr. Francine D'Amico's IRP 410 course

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Research Process - Getting Started

Research Process - Getting Started - The Syracuse University Libraries general guide for assisting students in conducting research using the wide variety of information sources available to them.  If you are rusty in structuring your research process as that process intersects with library research tools and collections, consider reviewing relevant portions of this brief tutorial website.  In particular, pay attention to applying to your research the principles covered under the subpages for:

Research Methodology

There are a variety of methods you can adopt for your research strategy, depending on your subject area or the anticipated outcome of your research.  Research methodology will differ depending on whether:

  • you are doing an empirical study, using quantitative data or qualitative information
  • you are seeking very current sources, or
  • deeply historical research, or
  • critical analysis

Your strategies may differ accordingly as will the type of information sources you will seek and find.  Review of methodologies employed in the scholarly journal articles you locate on a topic can also lead to some highly informative models.

For specific research methodologies, you might want to review:


Sage the natural home for authors, editors & societies

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO). SRMO provides access to information about research methods compiled from a variety of Sage journal article publications, including Sage books and handbooks.  Covering examples of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, SRMO is a handy tool for seeing examples of such methods as those appear inside of actual research publications.   SRMO includes a methods map, as well as video tutorials.