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Ed.D. Library Resources: Searching by Methodology

Your guide to the most pertinent library resources for doctoral students


The ERIC database uses a set of specific terms to name the various types of research methodolgies. These terms can be found using the thesaurus.

  • Participatory research
  • Mixed methods research
  • Evaluation research
  • Action research
  • Qualitative research
  • Grounded theory
  • Quasiexperimental design
  • Critical theory
  • Ethnography
  • Phenomenology

Searching for studies that use a specific methodology

The simplest way to find article that use a specific research methodology is to add the methodology as a keyword to your search. If possible, determine what term the database uses to name your methodology (see the right and left-hand bars for suggestions). The screen shot below shows an example search for phenomenological studies on learning communities:

Searching for Methodology books

Subject Headings for Finding Books in OneSearch (the Concordia library catalog)

  • Social sciences  -- Research  --  Methodology
  • Qualitative -- research
  • Qualitative --  research  --  Methodology
  • Quantitative --  research
  • Social sciences --  Statistical methods

Education Source

Other databases use their own thesaurus of specific terms. These are the terms that ProQuest Education Journals uses for research methodologies.

  • Qualitative research
  • Case studies
  • Research methodology
  • Action research
  • Phenomenology
  • Grounded theory
  • Interviews
  • Social Research
  • Ethnography
  • Field Study
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