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Research Methods

Being able to identify the appropriate research methodology for a research topic is an important skill to have, both when preparing for your own research project and when looking for studies that may already exist.  The resources below will help you gain a better understanding of the different research methodologies available.

General Clinical Research

Randomized Controlled Trials

Cohort and Case-Control Studies (Observational Designs)

Cross-Sectional/Descriptive/Survey Studies

Basic Science Protocol Resources

Searching for sources that cover specific protocols for basic science research can be difficult if you have not been immersed in that area of research previously. There are several books and resources in the library collection that cover these types of protocols. To find them, the following searches in the Library Catalog may be a helpful starting point.

Qualitative Research Methods