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Public Administration and Public Policy: Policy Analysis & Research Methods

Research Methods in Public Administration and Public Policy

Finding Methods Books in the Catalog

In the University Library Catalogue, you can search for a variety of research methodology sources including general sources, sources specific to Public Administration, Policy Sciences, other disciplines or sources about a specific research method.

Sample Subject Headings:

Sample keyword searches by specific research method:

  • Grounded Theory
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Mixed Methods

Research Logs and Literature Reviews

The University Library has a Research Paper Planner that provides some guidelines regarding the amount of time to allocate to each step in the research process. A liaison librarian can also provide some Research Advice (video runs 2:34) if you run into difficulties.

Research logs help researchers formulate searches, modify searches, choose the best search tools, plan and organize research time, document resources, and retrace steps when needed. They can also be used to take notes on what worked well, what didn't work well, and also any surprising or exciting discoveries.

Tarleton University also has their own sample research log (pdf). Capella University has developed an excellent guide for literature reviews, providing samples of a Database Research Log (pdf) and a Scholarly Research Log (excel) that you can download and adapt for your own research. The advantage of an excel format log is that you can sort by various columns to 'collect' your research in a variety of ways.

The University of Maryland University College has a pair of good introductory videos on literature reviews:

DoctoralNet has provided a brief video on the best way to organize a literature review:

Policy Analysis Titles