These are books that are immediately available to you, either online or in the LNDL library. You also have access to hundreds of other relevant books from the USMAI group of libraries.
|action research||ethnography||hermeneutics||observational method|
|ethnological research||heuristic||participant observation|
|constant comparative method||evaluation methods||life experience||purposive sample|
|content analysis||field studies||lived experience||qualitative|
|descriptive research||focus groups||narrative||semiotics|
|discourse analysis||grounded theory||naturalistic observation||thematic analysis|
Databases usually use a controlled vocabulary to describe the main ideas of journal articles in a standardized, consistent way. These are often called "descriptors", "subject terms", or "subject headings". You can use these terms as an additional way to find articles that are very relevant to your search terms. Here's an example from ERIC.
In the screenshot below, the location of the descriptors for this particular article is highlighted. You can see that "SU Descriptors" is selected from the drop-down menu next to the search box as well. (By doing so, I am searching ONLY the descriptors field. This means that if I were to search for a term that is NOT an assigned descriptor in ERIC (for example, "ethnomethodology"), I will get zero results.)
This is a good way to: 1) find articles that are "very much about" your search term 2) determine what terminology the database uses to describe a particular concept.
It can be helpful to remember that researching is not linear and won't be perfect. Here are our suggestions:
Remember, we're here to help make the search process go smoothly.