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A system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity so as to achieve results.

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Method and content in selecting a social science dissertation project

General question: When working in an area of social science where method matters just as much as content (i.e., theory, question), how does one choose which should be the starting point for a ...
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In which section of a research paper is it best to justify the choice of methods?

I'm currently writing the methodology section of my thesis and wondered if I was including too much. In the methodology section I have currently included: Alternative approaches I considered The ...
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What are cautions to take with second hand data in an interview?

When analyzing second hand information in a data set (participant is recounting someone else's experience), if you cannot access that person to confirm their experience, what are some cautions to take ...
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What is the difference between a Panel Study and a Cohort Study? [closed]

I am having a special subject named "Methodologies of Scientific Research" in which there is a reference on Panel Studies and Cohort Studies for conducting a longitudinal survey. I am confused to what ...
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Can we first claim and then find the evidence when we write the literature review (i.e., using confirmatory technique)?

I have a question regarding a researcher’s practice in writing. Let me give you some background about this issue. Here’s what this researcher does when writing introductions and literature reviews. ...
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Molds of PhD thesis from more than one idea

I'm considering doing a PhD in Software Engineering and Information Technology. Associated with a particular concept of interest (immersion), got many ideas running through my mind that having them ...
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Hypothesis incorrectly stated and submitted

I realise after submitting my dissertation lask week that I posed my hypothesis in the wrong manner. I posed them as I believe that X will not be a predictor of Y I subsequently went on with ...
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Can a method of research used in one context be reused in a different research context?

Is it permissible to reuse a methodology in another context. e.g. One did a research on land surface temperature(LST) based on a model, say for it. Now is it legit to follow all the procedures of ...
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Research-methodology book in the form of a dialogue between professor and student

I am looking for a research-methodology book, which is in the form of a dialogue between a professor and a student. Once I had this book and it is very helpful. Unfortunately, I lost it and do not ...
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What's a “methodological approach” for research (Master's thesis)?

I'm going to apply for a Master's program. Although I'm not going to change my general field of study, I'm going to change my 'track' (from Information Technology to Geoinformatics). In the ...
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Author contributions include statements about experiment not conducted in study

I am a graduate student submitting a computational biology paper for peer review. It is intended to be a “methodology paper” for the journal. Our paper uses new methodology to analyze several public ...
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Blockage management for projects

I am currently a Computer Science undergraduate in my final year. I think this question applies to more than just Computer Science students, so I'll make it as general as possible. Throughout my ...
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How to disseminate a methodology proposal to those who may be interested?

I am currently doing research in the field of non-linear narrative design. As it is still quite a small field, few sources and set jargon is currently available that hasn't bled in from paternal ...
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Are there standard example research papers for teaching methodology and experiments?

Are there recommended or standard published papers (not books) that show great research methodology/ scientific methods? I am trying to help out a friend who is in business and they are trying to ...
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Dealing with 'less than optimal' data or study designs [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in a quantitative social science field. For the first study of my dissertation, I was given the opportunity to ask some questions that could be applied to an ongoing survey. ...
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What guarantee the validity and relevance of “grand” social sciences' theories? [closed]

During my undergraduate years, I took a variety of courses in social sciences, and was exposed to writings by famous thinkers like Freud, Habermas, Foucault, Claude Lévi-Strauss, as well as lesser-...
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What tradeoffs are there between internal and external validity? [closed]

I was reading through an article about research design. The authors gave an example on the relation between internal and external validity which I thought might be an important area of consideration ...
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Should I do handover of tools and methodologies I have developed?

In some months my contract at a research university will end. During my employment I have developed tools and methodologies that are of interest to the research group. At present, I am the only ...
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How to cite “obvious” things or make them credible?

I'm writing my thesis and I want to emphasize that the importance of energy, especially electrical energy, has increased tremendously and we are living in an information era which is fueled by ...
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Research advertising as a recruitment method [closed]

If I would to advertise my research project in magazine to recruit participants, do you know what the steps will be? Thank you everyone
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How to structure of a Ph.D. sandwich thesis?

I would like to know the main structure of this kind of thesis. Although some guidelines can be taken from this post, additional details would be appreciated. When building the introduction, I feel ...
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Is there a convention for referring to a scholar's academic status?

I'm currently preparing an online tool for scholars, and part of that work involves creating a database with different categories for students at different stages of their college/university education ...
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Can Research Hypotheses be Contratictory Among Them?

I want to know how to proceed in an experimental research, where there is a conflict between different theories with different predictions. I.e. the theory A predicts X > Y, while the theory B ...
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How should PhD Students/Researchers take notes? [closed]

When taking notes while studying papers or concepts I'm always torn between classic pen & paper approach, which I personally find more productive; digital approach, will make it easier to find/...
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What Kind of Research Method is this?

This is something I've been confused ever since I started my undergraduate research. My research related to User Interfaces. Based on some of the previous years undergraduate research or from some ...
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Proper name for a new method

We developed a new method to calculate a characteristic value from measurement data. In my thesis I call the existing method 'Original Method'. However, I am not sure how to name our new method. '...
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What to mention in your introduction to your research methodology chapter

My supervisor told me that I should write paragraph in which I introduce the problem that will be addressed by this chapter (research methodology). What are some of the key aspects I should focus on?...
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Is it unethical to use not your real name when asking for questionnaire survey?

I'm going to conduct an email-based questionnaire survey, but I would like to avoid sharing my real name/affiliation. In part, I'm curious if sender's name is actually going to affect response rate ...
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How to teach law to multinational classes?

I am professor in an internationally oriented university, meaning it was created to have students from half a dozen different countries. It doesn't offer any law-related degree, but some degrees do ...
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Can I publish an improved variation of a prior method or/and the results I found using it?

I am doing economic analyses of natural resources based on processes seen in the real world (geology) for my PhD thesis. The model I have built is mostly inspired from an already well-established ...
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Will my methods chapter be less solid, if it is based on one book or the work of one scholar?

I'm writing a Bachelor research paper using netnography or virtual ethnography. I've found that this new methodology was mostly advanced by two scholars: Kozinets and Christine Hine. I managed to ...
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What should I take in consideration when planning a Design Science Research?

I am planning a proposal for a thesis (on Forecasting Daily Energy Prices), in which I need to select the methodology and define its phases. As I intend to develop new technologies and/or solve ...
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Books/resources about how to write a good Thesis introduction

I would like to know if there is any reference book about this topic. I found the "They Say/ I say" book useful to write the Thesis discussion, but feel I need some guidelines on how to tackle this ...
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What is the type of research study by which one analyses secondary sources to make reasonable predictions?

So first of all apologies if this is not the right site to be asking these questions. I'm as new as new can be in the world of research, so I'm probably not even using the correct terminology at times....
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Good examples for methods section in math or computer science

A methods section is very common in areas such as medicine. However, in math or computer science papers I rarely find such a section if no experiments or observational studies were conducted. ...
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How to interpret the phrase “experimental approach”?

I'm writing the introduction for a research proposal and am trying to express that our approach is "experimental" in the sense that it uses more exploratory and alternative methods rather than that it ...
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How to define methodology for two different approaches?

I am working on my Master Thesis and I am exploring two different approaches to the same problem. I am having trouble deciding on how to structure the Methodology section to divide these two ...
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How to work on a joint math paper effectively? [closed]

Now, I am working on a joint paper with some collaborators. The research is about mathematics. This is my first experience of working in collaboration. Another author has sent a manuscript about our ...
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How to properly use paid participation survey in my research? [closed]

My field of study is business communication and I tried to gather responses for my survey by contacting target audience by email directly, however response rates were next to 0%. Now I'm considering ...
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What is the definition of a selective survey?

Is it similar to a narrative review? I’m looking at a survey of a sub-field of computer science and it’s defined as a ‘selective survey’ however I can’t find a definition of this anywhere.
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How Reproducible should Data and Analysis Methodology Be?

My question might be a stretch given my lack of formal experience with writing and publishing research papers. But one thing I've noticed in my line of work and reading published papers is that the ...
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Should you keep a notebook of example problems while going through science and engineering courses?

I find myself constantly being told I should not intentionally jot down example problems but understand the core logic of a topic. But some of my high level math classes tend to have very few examples ...
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Why don’t researchers publish their raw data for the advance if science?

Publication bias. Reproducibility problem. Abusing statistical tests. These are some of the many criticisms received by all fields of science for a long time. If I read an article on Psychological ...
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What exactly is “quantification”?

As I’m writing my final words within a research paper, I was curious regarding the term quantification of results. Namely I’ve performed a correlation analysis in a quasi-experiment. The research is ...
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How to create a hypothesis for a historical research? [closed]

When writing a dissertation or a thesis about history, students and researchers are asked to state a problem and a hypothesis for that problem. My question is how to state a problem and a hypothesis ...
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Can you use brand names in a research survey

I a currently designing a research survey and would like to use company brand names such as 'Apple' for participants to rate their preferred organisational attributes against. Is this ethical?
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How to use “can” or “could” when referring to a methodology?

If I say "This methodology can/could be used in the research in this area, e.g. (the relevant paper)", should I use can? If no examples is given, should I use could? (to emphasize possibility?)
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Response to desk return of PLOS submission

I recently submitted to PLOS One. The manuscript was returned before sending to review, with a general comment Please ensure that your search strategy is adequately described such that another ...
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Should I justify the organization of chapters and sections in the research paper?

I am using a research handbook written by Creswell to guide me in writing my Bachelor's Thesis. Specifically, I followed his research design model. Should I justify why I structured my Methods ...
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Developing a framework publication - if I have developed a new method for data extraction, can this be published in a peer-reviewed journal?

I'm new to publications, so I could use some advice. I study in the area of agricultural remote sensing, and for a graduate degree, I have developed a method of extracting data from research plots and ...