Research methods and data

tekijä: Tuija Irmeli Oksman Viimeisin muutos keskiviikko 12. helmikuuta 2020, 13.15
  • Research methods are qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis mainly in empirical research.
  • The choice of research methods depends on your research questions and research data, as well as the theoretical background of your research, not your discipline as such.
    • The difference between everyday information and scientific information was discussed earlier on page Information resources for different needs. Here, you should be aware of the difference between research data  (empirical data) and research literature (theoretical background).
  • The choice of the source for research methods is also dependent on your information need. See more at the front page of SAGE Research Methods > "I want to..."
  • Note that the name of the research methods database or site does not tell everything of its contents.

Resources for research methods 

Resource and content

Research methods and data analysis

SAGE Research Methods (SRM)

SAGE Research Methods is a database which contains

  • Books, including the database's own book series
    • Little Green Books (quantitative methods)
    • Little Blue Books (qualitative methods)
  • Reference books for quick checking
  • Journal articles
  • Cases showing how methods are applied in research
  • Videos that bring research methods to life.

SRM Help   

Mapping Research Methods

A guide to research and research methods for Master’s (M.A.) students at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Jyväskylä.

  • Note that this is an excellent tool for others as well!

Research Methods Web Resource

Useful source about quantitative and qualitative research methods by The Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD).

Resources for research data

Collecting research data

Research data and copyright

What you should be aware of before you start collecting research data: are you handling personal data? Do you need an ethical review?

Data Management Planning

A data management plan describes how research data will be collected, how the data will be used and stored during the research project, and how its reuse will be enabled and long-term preservation ensured after the original research is completed.

Archived research data

Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) > Aila Data Service Portal

  • National resource center
  • Wide range of digital research data for learning, teaching and research purposes
  • Free of charge
  • Data Service Portal Aila > Explore our data collections >

Kielipankki, The Language Bank of Finland

  • National resource center
  • Wide variety of text and speech corpora and tools for studying them
  • Free of charge

CLARIN - European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology

  • Digital language resources from all disciplines, especially in the humanities and social sciences
 Digital archives in Finnish Universities, see: Open science.



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