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Created: January 31, 2002
Reviewed: July 24, 2002
Latest Update: June 15, 2004

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Methods Index

Methods is one of the major factors in determining what we see as data, how we see those data, how we gather them, and how we interpret them. We include references to quantitative, qualitative, micro, macro, reflexive, narrative, personal experience, and visual data. And then we include whatever doesn't fit in that list. Our goal is to tell you enough about each that you can explore confidently on your own those methods most suitable to your interests.

  1. Quantitative Data

    Quantitative data are numerical, counting data, the kind you used in statistics. These are the data that give you tables and graphs, correlations and percentages.

    • Latent Growth Curves Presently shows a nonlinear growth curve for juvenile delinquency. Needs expansion for graduate methods. June 15, 2004.

  2. Qualitative Data

  3. Micro Data

  4. Macro Data

  5. Reflexive Data

  6. Narrative Data

  7. Personal Experience Data

  8. Visual Data

    Rest of file currently being updated. jeanne June 15, 2004.


    • The Research Methods Knowledge Base by William Trochim, Ph.D., Cornell University. Students may obtain this text online for roughly $20. That may be the cheapest review book you can get. I reviewed the book online. Good section on scaling. Gives you a reasonable review of Guttman, Likert, and Thurstone scaling techniques. Also does some pretty good review of validity. That's an area you might need to review before comprehensive exams. Written in everyday English. Sample quizzes available. Lots of vocabulary links, so you can review the meaning of terms you've forgotten. It claims interactivity, but that's kind of falxe. It's really just pretty much a text; about all you can do with it is use it as you would a hardcopy text. But if you're computer literate, it looks like a good deal. Paperback copies are available, but then it gets expensive again. jeanne Link added July 24, 2002.