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SAGE Research Methods: Building better methods

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Methodology is relevant to research in all disciplines. SAGE Research Methods is a database that focuses on methods over subject. That makes SAGE Research Methods very useful for research methods classes. It is also useful for researchers writing a methods section in a thesis, journal or dissertation. 

There are several key ways to use SAGE Research Methods:

  • Learning new methods. Video tutorials and learning cases walk students through applying different methodologies. These go beyond typical methods issues to include evaluation, experimental design, systematic reviews and more.
  • Looking up major works that discuss various methodologies. These works include the classic Little Green Books of statistics, as well as various handbooks and encyclopedias that discuss how and why to use particular research methods. That makes this database a good place to look for ways to explore, compare and write up a chosen research method.
  • Finding resources to cite when writing up a Methods section. Methods sections for journals and dissertations need citations for the definitions of methods and summaries of how to apply a method. The dictionaries and encyclopedias of methodology in SAGE Research Methods are designed exactly for this purpose. Searching for definitions and short articles on a method is a great way to find reputable scholarly information to cite in support of the methods section.

A great place to start in SAGE Research Methods will be clicking on the Research Tools link at the top of the page, and exploring those Tools links such as the Project Planner.

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By Nina Exner, research data librarian

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Uniworld Online: Global company information

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Did you know that the Uniworld database is useful for budding entrepreneurs and locating details on business competitors, career opportunities and foreign internships?  This database covers multinational companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries.

Uniworld is a basic and effective resource for locating company information.  The power of this database can be found in the combination of keyword searching and the following 13 search filters:  company parent, subsidiary or division name, product description, headquarters country, subsidiaries country, public, private, companies with career postings, zip code, industry code, revenue and employees.

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By Janet Reid, business research librarian

Communal effort creates access to rare ms.

On Friday afternoon, April 7, Transcribathoners gathered in the lecture hall of Cabell Library. A Transcriba-what? 

Transcribathons are organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library: Think of it as crowd-sourcing to decipher the handwriting of early modern manuscripts. Co-sponsored with the Folger Shakespeare Library, the VCU Department of English, the VCU Humanities Research Center and VCU Libraries, the Transcribathon provided hands-on digital humanities work—moving forward the Folger project to provide readable transcriptions of rare manuscripts in their collections via an open-access database for global access by researchers and students of this pivotal era in history (http://emmo.folger.edu/).

Handwriting from this period followed a variety of forms, including the prominent “Secretary’s Hand,” which may seem to our eyes ornate and often somewhat unreadable. And yet this kind of detective work is extremely popular—especially at VCU, which has the honor of being the only university to host a Transcribathon twice!

her photos are available on the library Flickr site.