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Research Methods for Social Sciences

An introduction to research design, methodology and library resources.

Research Philosophy

When conducting research, there are different philosophies, with their own assumptions and worldviews, that inform your decisions on selecting a method or design for your inquiry. Some common terms are:

  • Constructivism
  • Feminism
  • Realism
  • Interpretivism
  • Postivism
  • Post-modernism
  • Pragmatism

You may also heard the term research paradigm, which is the worldview from a specific philosophy that a researcher follows. For more information on different research philosophies and paradigms, see the suggested materials below.

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