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Human Services: Research Methods

a guide to online and print resources for human services research.

Research Timeline

SAGE Research Methods  Project Planner

Stages of the research process from SAGE Research Methods

Dissemination could also include--with peer-review acceptance and your permission-- publication in the journal, NU Writing

SAGE Research Methods Help page

Welcome to Research Methods

Getting Started

1. Use Scholar OneSearch, the Northeastern Library system to search and find journal articles, library books and other print material, ebooks, videos, datasets, and more. Better than Google, as a search will identify scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.

screenshot of Scholar OneSearch result with peer-reviewed journal articles highlighted as well as appropriate database for this search

Visit our tutorials page for how to get the most from Scholar OneSearch.

2. Find your subject guide to explore your research topic in depth.  Subject guides are developed by Northeastern's library staff to help you identify:

  • Library databases specific to your major, subject or discipline
  • Your subject librarian, whom you may contact for research support by email or by appointment.
  • Recommended websites for research in your subject
  • Advice and tips on assignments or requirements in your subject.

3. Consult our research tutorials (on video or PDF) for commonly-asked questions about the research process, and for help in making the most of  library resources and services. 

Still not sure of a topic? One suggestion: look at Global Issues in Context for ideas. After logging in with your Northeastern credentials and authenticating with DUO,  scroll down the welcome screen to 
link to Browse All 672 issues in Global Issues in Context database

 4. Check SAGE Research Methods during the semester.You will need to login and use DUO authentication to access this collection which includes definition of research terms, advice under Project Planner links and videos. Search results also bring up the Research Methods Time Line.

See box to the left for SAGE Research Methods Timeline, or Research Stages--are you "on track"?

5. What's the difference between a Research Topic and a Research Question?
Your research topic may be COVID-19 and African Americans.
 Search for information about these two topics for your literature review. Based on what you learn, develop the research question--What about COVID-19 and African Americans?

Research question:
What are the cardiovascular effects of COVID-19 on African-American women, who often face adverse health and economic disparities?  (This is an actual research project funded by the American Heart Association)