Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

Method means a way of doing things, as applied to an academic discipline it refers to the processes adopted by a discipline to test ideas, as, for example, in social research method, or the scientific method.

explanatory context

A slightly wider view of method is to see it as the sets of processes and procedures adopted in an area of study for illiciting knowledge about that area of study.


Method is often confused with the wider concept of methodology

analytical review


associated issues


related areas

See also

Researching the Real World Section 1.3


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