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Research Methods Online: Videos on How to Use the Database

This guide introduces you to SAGE Research Methods Online, a database which supports your research activities, from selecting your research methods to designing your research, and much more.

Video: SAGE Research Methods Overview

The following video provides a helpful overview of the SAGE Research Methods Online database:

SAGE Research Methods Overview.

Video: How to Start Your Research

Watch the following video on How to Start Your Research on SAGE Research Methods Online.

The video walks you through the example of Sarah, an undergraduate Psychology student, who uses the database to help her find information on her chosen research method. You will learn how to:

  • search for content on a topic, e.g. surveys,
  • refine results,
  • review abstracts,
  • download PDFs,
  • cite research,
  • use the Methods Lists feature,
  • export a citation to a reference management tool like RefWorks, and
  • discover additional related content.

Video: Methods Map and Methods Lists

The Methods Map is a useful award-winning navigation tool unique to SAGE Research Methods Online that allows the researcher to simplify the large amounts of information retrieved from the database.

It is able to present a visualization of any of the 1,400 methods-related terms that are used within SAGE Research Methods Online and their interconnections.

In other words, it lets you view the contents of your search results by visually representing your research method term and its multiple connections to other relevant terms as a mind map.

The small map follows you throughout your search and you can click on it at any time to display the full map. As you move throughout the map, you can explore the relationships between terms.

You can save the content you find using the Methods Lists feature, which also allows you to privately or publically share your methods with a colleague or classmate or with the SAGE research community. 

To learn about this feature in more detail, watch the following video on the Methods Map and Methods Lists (see also the video on How to Start Your Research.