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This guide will help you get started with your research in psychology. It includes books, research databases, journals and links to useful websites.

Methods in Psychological Research

Five Methods of Psychological Research

  • Case Study - a qualitative research method that requires studying the development of a person, group situation over a period of time 
  • Experiment - a broad method that may include a test and control group, a control of variables, and attainment of measurable results that show cause and effect 
  • Observational Study - a qualitative method where psychologists study a variable but do not try to change it; often a precursor to future experiments 
  • Survey - a quantitative research method that relies on the sample participants to respond to the questions given
  • Content Analysis - a quantitative method which involves studying media for choice words or concepts; often used when looking for stereotypes 

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