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Research Methods for the Social Sciences

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About this Guide

See below for a brief explanation of each page of this guide.

Research Methods

Find resources to help with the social science research process, including formulating a research question.

Scholarly Sources

Learn about peer review, primary and secondary sources, and how to identify empirical research.

Finding Sources

Find a list of recommended research databases and learn how to develop search strategies.

Statistical/Data Sources

Find a list of recommended statistics and data sources.

APA Style

Guidance on APA style including how to format a paper, use in-text citations, and cite sources. Also, find information on writing annotated bibliographies and literature reviews.

Database Quick Links

Quick links to the best databases for social sciences research. Find a complete list of online resources in the Find Sources tab with search strategies and tips.