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Women & Politics: Research Methods/Statistics

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects


Here are links to some comprehensive statistical sites, mostly from the U.S. government:


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Research Methods

 There are many guides and handbooks for both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Many books on political science methodology are found in the JA 71 call number area.  Most books on feminist research methods can be found in the HQ 1180 call number area.  Both are located on the second floor, East, in Ellis Library.

Keep in mind that methodology books are very high use, so if our copy is checked out, request the book from ALL MERLIN or MOBIUS. 

Here is a small sampling of books available:

Feminist research practice : a primer/ Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Patricia Lina Leavy.  (HQ 1180 .H47 2007)

Just methods: an interdisciplinary feminist reader / edited by Alison M. Jaggar. (HQ 1180 .J87 2008)

Experimental political science and the study of causality : from nature to the lab / Rebecca B. Morton, Kenneth C. Williams. (JA71 .M675 2010 )

Research methods for political science : quantitative and qualitative approaches/  David E. McNabb. (JA71.5 .M34 2010)

Statistical models and causal inference : a dialogue with the social sciences / David A. Freedman ; edited by David Collier, Jasjeet S. Sekhon, Philip B. Stark.        (HA 29 .F6785 2010)

Interpretation and method [electronic resource] : empirical research methods and the interpretive turn / edited by Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea. MU online access

The Oxford handbook of political methodology / edited by Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Henry E. Brady and David Collier. (JA71 .O948 2008)

SAGE Reference Online Library: 

Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods

Encyclopedia of Research Design

Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods

Subject Guide

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