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While at the Atlanta colloquium, I was asked the same question over and over: How do I find a research article that uses a specific methodology?
There are many types of methodology terms you may run into: qualitative, quantitative, case study, mixed method, phenomenological, action research, content analysis, etc. The list goes on and on, and will depend on the school and specialization you are in. Knowing the methodology terms in your field is the first step (look at your textbooks or articles you’ve already read for help with this step).
Next you’ll go into the library databases and use a methodology term to search. Most authors will mention the methodology they are using in the abstract of the article. Because searching by methodology will greatly reduce your search results, you may need to search a broader topic.
Here’s an example of a search in SocINDEX for case study research articles about juvenile delinquency:
Why search by a specific methodology? By looking at research articles that use a particular methodology you can learn a lot about your field. What types of research are common? What types of methodology are appropriate for a specific research question? How do you construct a research study? What methodologies should you consider for your dissertation research?
Or you can always Ask a Librarian.