Subscribers will have permission to access all content within SAGE Research Methods (SRM).
1.1 Accessing SAGE Research Methods as a Subscriber
Subscribers have access to all content and functionality available via SRM and can access the product in one of the following ways:
Navigate to SRM from a subscribed facility, library, library IP proxy service or library website and you should automatically be authenticated via IP address recognition (or by referring URL) without entering a username and password in SRM.
Athens and Shibboleth Authentication
Authentication via OpenAthens SP 2.0 is currently available. Shibboleth access for the UK will be available at the end of 2013. Please contact our technical support staff at firstname.lastname@example.org in the Americas or email@example.com in the rest of the world for more information.
Username and Password Authentication
If you are an individual with a username and password from SAGE you will initially see the public homepage by default. Click the login link in the center of the homepage to enter your username and password to access SRM. Upon successful login, the subscribers’ homepage will be displayed.
1.2 Becoming a Subscriber on SAGE Research Methods
If you are an institution or library that would like to subscribe to SRM or sign up for a free trial, please get in touch with your local SAGE sales manager. You can do this via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org or using the Contact Us form on this website.
At present, we do not offer individual subscriptions to SAGE Research Methods. If your organization has not subscribed to SAGE Research Methods, you can still search the product, view abstracts for content, and sign up for a member account.
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1.3 Accessing SAGE Research Methods as a Member
All users, even those without subscription access to SRM, can sign up for a member account. Being a member gives you access to a personalized workspace on SRM, called My Research. Your My Research space is where you will find your Saved Searches and the Methods Lists you have created and favorited. These sections are only visible to you, although you can choose to make Methods Lists public. See Section 7 for more information on Methods Lists.
The member Sign In and Sign Up options are available at the top right of every page.
If you forget your member account password, there is a link for this to be emailed to you when you click the Sign In link.
SAGE Research Methods includes over 175,000 pages of content from the following sources:
- Major Works
- Journal Articles
- Little Green Books
- Little Blue Books
View a complete list of titles available on SAGE Research Methods.
SAGE Research Methods includes over 700 books written by leading global authors in research methods. Covering key topics in qualitative and quantitative research methods, many titles also cover research methods specific to the disciplines of sociology, psychology, business & marketing, social work, public health & nursing, and criminology. Also included are SAGE reference works in research methods, including Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks.
2.2 Journal Articles
The 350+ journal articles included in SAGE Research Methods come from a wide range of journal titles and have been compiled and reprinted within the following Major Works:
SAGE Biographical Research
SAGE Internet Research Methods
SAGE Qualitative Research Methods
SAGE Quantitative Research Methods
SAGE Secondary Data Analysis
SAGE Visual Methods
2.3 Little Green Books
The “Little Green Books” are SAGE’s famous series, Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences (QASS). For more than 30 years, the QASS series has been a cutting-edge resource for the latest quantitative techniques. Countless students, teachers, and researchers have relied on these handy, brief volumes to help them understand advanced quantitative topics such as Meta-Analysis, Survey Questions, Q Methodology, Experimental Design and analysis, and specific Regression Models.
The complete QASS series is available online in full-text HTML format on SAGE Research Methods with tools available across the site to filter your search just on these titles. PDFs are not available for the QASS series at this time.
2.4 Little Blue Books
SAGE’s Qualitative Research Methods series, or the “Little Blue Books,” is designed to teach novice researchers about specific modes of social inquiry, as well as widening the range of social science methods used by veteran researchers. These brief volumes aim to minimize jargon and make analytic premises visible by providing concrete examples and limiting the scope of each volume. The series is available on SAGE Research Methods in full-text HTML and PDF formats.
There are currently 26 specially commissioned videos on the platform and we expect to add 20-25 more in 2013. These videos are particularly helpful for young researchers, helping them to understand research methods and the decision making process of picking one method over another. Top SAGE authors answer questions in the videos like “How do I choose between different research methods?” and “How should a real time online interview be incorporated into a research design?” Full-transcripts, closed-captioning, and citation information is available for all videos.
3. Content Display and Tools
Content within SRM is available for view at the chapter, entry, and article level. The full text of a chapter appears in the center of the screen with book details along the top, and the Table of Contents available to the right. All titles on SRM have the full text available.
3.1 Content Display
Content display pages are available for authenticated users accessing the product via a subscribing institution or with a free trial. When clicking on a book title from a search result, you will first come to a book landing page with a Table of Contents listing. These landing pages allows for increased discoverability of these books on the open web.
3.2 Content Tools
You will find tools available on content display pages for books, book chapters, journal articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and videos. Most of these tools will be available to you near the top of the page.
At the very top of the page you have book-level tools available:
- Add to Methods List – Add the content you are viewing to a Methods List by clicking on this link. You will be given the option to either add the chapter or the entire book to your list. See Section 7 for more information on Methods Lists.
- Find in print – This option will be available if the subscribing institution has turned it on. The dropdown menu will give you the option to find the print book in your library catalogue or to purchase the book from the SAGE website. Library administrators can see Section 10 for more information on how to set this feature up.
- Export citation – Click this to open a lightbox allowing you to copy and paste the reference details for content in APA, Harvard, MLA or Chicago style formats. You can also download to citation manager software from here. We support EndNote, Reference Manager, ProCite, RefWorks, Bib TeX, Zotero and Medlars.
- Download – Download a PDF of the content you are viewing. Please note, you will not be able to download PDFs of the Little Green Books series, also known as QASS, owing to copyright rescrictions.
- View full screen – This allows you to view the content in a full screen format for easier online reading. Use this option to hide the right hand navigation and stretch the text across the screen. To return to normal view, click the ‘Close’ button which will replace the ‘Full screen’ link when you change views.
In addition to these options, you will also notice the following:
- The book title (and edition if applicable)
- Author information
- The publication date
- The print and online ISBN
- A Search within box allows you to search within the full-text content you are viewing. If the word is present in the text it will be highlighted.
- Print – This option allows you to print content that you are viewing.
- Email – Click this option to email a link to this chapter. Users without a subscription will be able to view an abstract, but not the full text.
- An organge icon allows you to share a link to the content you are viewing on various social networking and social bookmarking sites. Users without a subscription will be able to view an abstract, but not the full text
- Text Size – To the far right of the screen is an option to change the text size of content you are viewing. Click on the plus and minus buttons to change the size of the text on the page.
3.3 Chapter Navigation
Beneath the title area is a blue bar. This is divided into sections which represent the different chapters within the book you are viewing. You can click on these sections to navigate through the chapters in the book.
Below the bar are a set of tools that relate to the chapter, reference entry or journal article specifically:
- Chapter title – The title of the chapter, dictionary of encyclopedia entry, or journal article you are viewing displays here, beneath the blue navigation bar.
- DOI – The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique number used to identify digital content objects. Find out more about DOIs here. The DOIs on SRM appear at the top and bottom of SRM content pages.
- Print pages – The print page range for the chapter, dictionary or encyclopedia entry, or article you are viewing are displayed here.
- Show sub-headings – clicking on this link will provide you with a list of sub-headings through the chapter. Select one of the sub headings to jump to that place in the chapter.
- Show page numbers – Click this link to have print page numbers inserted in the text if you would like to use the print citation details, or see which pages the text appears on in the print version of the book. Please note: the “Export citation” option on SRM gives the online rather than print citation.
- Sections – As you scroll further down the page and find that the text you are viewing has sections. Click on these options to move back to the top of the page or to jump to the next or previous section. Clicking on ‘More sections’ will open a drop down menu showing all sections within the book chapter or article you are viewing.
3.4 Navigation Menu
At the far right hand side of the screen is a navigation menu. Clicking the plus (+) or minus (-) signs will open or close panels within the navigation menu.
This navigation menu allows you to view more information about the title and interact with additional browse tools.
- About this title – This is a short paragraph that provides information on the text you are reading.
- Table of contents – This section is default open on the page and displays hyperlinks to other sections within the book you are viewing.
- Related articles – If you are viewing journal content this box will display related articles.
- Front and back matter – This section is where you can find appendices, references and in some cases footnotes or introductions that normally appear at the front or the back of the book. Books on SRM follow a similar layout to print editions which means introductions, references, and footnotes are sometimes displayed differently around the site. References can usually be found in the Back Matter tab, although in some cases they can be found at the end of chapters. Footnotes can be found either at the bottom of pages, at the end of chapters, or in the Back Matter tab. Introductions will usually be found in the Table of Contents, but in some cases will appear in the Front Matter tab. Series introductions (for example introductions to the Little Green Books or QRM series) will be found in the Front Matter panel.
- Mini Map and Key People – Click on the mini map to enter the Methods Map and click on 'Key People' to see key people associated to the broad field of the content you are viewing. See Section 6 for more information on the Methods Map.
- SAGE Journals Methods-in-Action Widget – You can type a methodology or search term into this widget and explore current research that uses this same methodology in articles on the SAGE Journals platform. Clicking the search box will pop open a new window with search results from the SAGE Journals platform.
- Related lists – This features allows you to see Methods Lists that are related to the content you are currently viewing. You must be logged into your member account to view lists. See Section 7 for more information on Methods Lists.
- Articles in Google by This Author – Click on the author names to see articles in Google that are written by the same author.
4.1 Browsing Titles
The main navigation on the SRM homepage allows you to browse titles by Content type. You may limit your browse using the following filter options:
- All Content
- Journal Articles
- Little Green Books
- Little Blue Books
4.2 Browsing by Author
Use the Authors & Editors tab to view a list of all authors, editors, and contributors who have authored content available on SAGE Research Methods.
Authors and editors are listed alphabetically by surname. Browse the lists of authors alphabetically using the tabs or search for an author by their name using the search field within this section. Searches can be made for either the first name or the last name of the author.
If you select an author, you will see a list of the titles that they have written for SAGE. Some authors also have biographical information displayed. The titles that are available on SAGE Research Methods are listed at the top of this page and these are linked through to the content on the site. If the author has written other book and reference works for SAGE, these will be listed below and there are links to find information about these other titles on the SAGE website.
At the top of each Author page are a number of tools that can be used:
- Print – This option opens a printable page. If you have not registered to create an account on the site, you will be prompted to do so at this point
- Save this Search – You can save search criteria to your My Research area on the site. If you have not registered to create an account on the site, you will be prompted to do so at this point
- Share – Clicking on this button adds a link to a page on social bookmarking sites such as Twitter and Delicious
- Email – From this button, you can email a link to a page to a friend or colleague
- Text – Click on the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons to change the size of the text on the page
1. Search: Use the drop-down box to filter to the search category that you want to find.
Author – this option narrows your search to authors with work published on this site. Please enter one name per box. The last name is the main identifier, but first name and/or initials may be added. The following are valid: John Smith; Smith, John; J Smith; J. Smith; Smith, J.
Title – type in the the full title or sections of the title of any book, journal or reference title across the site. Chapter titles cannot be searched.
DOI – enter a DOI (or online identifier) in this field to retrieve the associated content on this site. DOIs are available for chapters, articles, entries, and all titles available on this site.
ISBN – search for the paperback, cloth or electronic ISBNs (book identifiers) to retrieve the associated book on this site.
Front & Back Matter – searches within this criteria will refine the search to just the front and back matter of books within this product
This search field supports Boolean queries. “AND”, “OR” and “NOT” can be used to denote the relationship between conjoint terms. Including “*” within your search term will indicate that you are looking for results where “*” matches any number of missing characters. Including “?” within your search term will indicate that you are looking for a result where “?” is a single missing character. Text included within double quotes (“ ”) will indicate that you are looking for an exact match of this phrase.
Add new rows to extend your query.
2. Content From: Filter by content type using the check boxes in this section.
3. Print Publication Date: Filter your search by either a date range, or a single date by entering dates into the appropriate fields here.
The Search Results page displays a list of content matching your search criteria. A summary of your search parameters and the total number of results found is displayed at the top of the search results page. If all results cannot be displayed on a single page, links to view the next page of results will appear at the top and bottom of this page.
Search results will be either a single title or a chapter, dictionary or encyclopedia entry, video, or journal article. The type of content that is displayed is indicated with a colored icon on the right of each search result. As you hover over each search result, you will see the abstract for that item displayed. You will also be given the option to Export citation or Add to Methods List as you hover over each search result.
- Title and / or chunk title plus author name
- Title and / or chunk title, author name and snippet containing search result term within text
- Title and / or chunk title, author name,snippet containing search result term within text and Tags
5.3.3 Search Tools
- Cite all – This option will export citations for all results from this search.
- Save this search – Selecting this option allows you to save this search criteria to your My Research area on the site. If you have not registered to create an account on the site, you will be prompted to do so at this point.
- Print – This option opens a printer-friendly version of the search results. If you have not registered to create an account on the site, you will be prompted to do so at this point.
- Email – From this button, you can email the link to this page to a friend or colleague.
- Share – Clicking this orange button adds a link to this page on social networking and social bookmarking sites.
- Text Size – Click on the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons to change the size of the text on the page.
- Mini Methods Map
Each search will locate you at a certain point within the Methods Map. The central node will be the most relevant node associated with your search and related nodes will be displayed allowing you to select these to re-run the search result display. By selecting the adjacent tab you will be able to see Key People related to the central node that is displayed in the Methods Map. See Section 6 for more information on the Methods Map.
- Search Within Results
Use this field to narrow your search and perform a quick search within the current search results.
- More Advanced Search Options
Select the More Advanced Search Options link to go to the Advanced Search page to add further items to your search results. When you do this your current search criteria will be pre-populated in the Advanced Search area.
- Refine by Content Type
Use this area to filter your search results by content types. For example, select “Dictionaries” and “Encyclopedias” and click “Go” to filter the search result set you have generated to display just the introductory dictionary and encyclopedia entries from your search.
- Refine by Methods Map Terms
This faceted search option allows you to view methods terms that are related to your Search Result set that fall under the key headers that are displayed (e.g. Qualitative research, Interviews). Expand these top-level headers to review the terms that you can add as a filter to your result set.
- SAGE Journals Methods-in-Action Widget
Your search term will be pre-populated into this widget allowing you to explore current research that uses this same methodology in articles on the SAGE Journals platform. Clicking the search box will pop open a new window with search results from the SAGE Journals platform.
- My Methods Lists
If you are logged in as a member, your lists will display in this box. You can easily drag and drop search results into exisiting lists, or create new lists from this area. See Section 7 for more information on Methods Lists.
- Lists You May Like
If there are publically available Methods Lists on the site that relate to your Search Results these will be displayed in this section. Select one of these list titles to click through and see the full list that was created by one of the members of our SRM community. See Section 7 for more information on Methods Lists.
There are three types of Methods Lists:
- Private Lists are lists by SRM members which they have elected not to share. No one else will be able to see your list if you choose to keep it private - this is the default setting for all Methods Lists.
- Public Lists are lists which SRM members have chosen to make public. View all public Methods Lists
- SAGE Author Lists are lists created by SAGE authors. View SAGE Author Lists
7.1 Create a Methods List
- To create a list you have to first Sign In, and then you can either go to the Methods Lists page from the main header and click “My Methods Lists” or you can go to the 'My Methods' page from the “My Research” dropdown menu at the top right of the page.
2. Once you click the “Create List” button you will be asked to give a name for your list and you can also provide a description. Once you have completed this step you can start to look for content on SRM to add to your list.
You can make an Methods List private or public from the My Methods Lists page in the My Research area. Access this area of the site from the My Research link that will appear on the top right hand side of the page when you have signed in.
Select this option to change the privacy status of your list. If you make the list public, anyone using SAGE Research Methods will be able to view your list and you will be able to share your list with others. If you make your list private, your list will only be accessible to you.
You can edit your own Methods Lists, but not those of other users. To edit a list, select the My Methods option from the My Research drop down menu at the top right of the page.
From the My Research page, select the list you wish to edit. On that list page you will find an option to edit list which allows you to change the name and the description.
To remove content from a list, click the 'Delete' button below the content icon.
To delete an entire list, click the 'Delete' button at the top of the page in the header.
You can add new content to an existing list at any point from the Search Results page or the Content Display page (see Section 7.2).
- My Account
- My Methods
- My Saved Searches
The User Profile section of this page is the area where you can modify your profile information that displays by any lists that you have created that are made public. Other users on the site will be able to view this information.
The Methods Lists on this page are sorted by 'Last Updated' with the list you have most recently updated at the top. Select the list title to view the Methods Lists in its entirety.
See Section 7 for more information on Methods Lists.
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