Extra Descriptive Research Links


Extra Descriptive Research Links



Overview of Descriptive Research

What is Descriptive Research? – Explains descriptive research, its uses and application and offers examples.

The 3 Basic Types of Descriptive Research Methods – Describes the 3 basic types of descriptive research methods – observational, case study, and survey methods.

Descriptive Research: Defining Your Respondents and Drawing Conclusions – Provides an explanation of descriptive research and its uses.

Descriptive Research – Offers a basic summary of descriptive research and provides links for more information on the three main types of descriptive research.


Observational Method

Observation Methods - Provides an overview of 3 types of observational research methods and includes a discussion of data recording.

The 3 Basic Types of Descriptive Research Methods  Describes the 3 basic types of descriptive research methods – observational, case study, and survey methods.

Observation – Defines observational method and discusses common types of observational research methods.

Observational Research  Defines observational research and contains links to resources for data analysis, including software.


Case Study Method

Case Studies – Provides a comprehensive discussion of case studies with multiple links on the right side of the page.

Brief Refresher on the Case Study Method – Covers all aspects of case study research, including appropriate uses, data collection and data analysis.

The Case Study Method – Describes case studies and includes several examples.

The 3 Basic Types of Descriptive Research Methods – Describes the 3 basic types of descriptive research methods – observational, case study, and survey methods.

Case Study Research Design – Discusses the case study method, its benefits, its limitations, and how data is analyzed.


Survey Method

PSR – Introduction to the Survey Process - The following link provides an overview of the survey process.

Survey Fundamentals – This resource offers an overview of the survey process including writing questions, response rates, sampling, and so forth.

Research Methods – The link below briefly describes ways in which data is commonly collected, including several types of surveys.

Introduction to Survey Research – The following set of slides provides information about the purpose and use of surveys in research, as well as an introduction as to how conduct survey research.

The 3 Basic Types of Descriptive Research Methods – Describes the 3 basic types of descriptive research methods – observational, case study, and survey methods.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Descriptive Research

Descriptive Research: Defining Your Respondents and Drawing Conclusions – Provides an explanation of descriptive research and its uses.     

Strengths and Weaknesses of Descriptive Research – Offers a brief overview of the advantages and disadvantages of descriptive research.

Descriptive Research Slideshare – Provides a Slideshare presentation that discusses the advantages and disadvantages of descriptive research.

What is Descriptive Research? – Discusses the appropriate uses of descriptive research, including its benefits and limitations.


Ethics & Descriptive Research

What is Ethics in Research and Why is It Important?  ­Describes basic ethical principles and why they are important to the integrity of the research results.

What is an IRB and its Purpose? - What does IRB stand for?  What is the purpose of an IRB and how does a researcher know when they need to use it?

Ethics in Research – The Web Center for Social Research Methods - Some of the key terminology associated with research ethics are described on this site, as well as a brief history of ethical considerations in research.

Ethical Issues in Conducting Research The following link is PDF that offers a comprehensive discussion of ethical issues in conducting research.


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