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About the Research Methods Series

Please note that this series is a work in progress. Currently we have provided some resources to assist with data collection and with qualitative and quantitative data analysis, but in future we will be adding more to the series. If you would like to provide feedback on the kind of research methods resources you would find helpful, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at libraryhelp@curtin.edu.au.

Sign up to the Research Methods Series

You can sign up for workshops in the series via the Library’s workshop calendar. You can also find additional learning modules and resources below.

1: Data collection with Qualtrics surveys

For an introduction to the online survey tool Qualtrics please see the Library’s Introduction to Qualtrics guide, or visit the workshops calendar to see details of any upcoming Qualtrics workshops. Additionally, you may also like to view a recording of the Curtin University Future of Work Institute’s Qualtrics Pro Tips session.

2: Analysing qualitative data

An introduction

For an introduction to qualitative research, you may like to view a recording of the Curtin University Future of Work Institute’s Qualitative Research: A practical introduction into the art of getting lost session. Additionally, you may also like to view the Institute’s An introduction to the what, why and how: Systematic Reviewing session.

NVivo

NVivo is text analysis software designed for qualitative researchers. As a data management tool, it has coding, linking, querying, searching and modelling capacities. NVivo is installed on most computers at Curtin’s Australian campuses, and is also available for Australia-based Curtin students and staff to download for free to a personal computer (DTS will need to assist with this). For an introduction to the software please see the Library’s Introduction to NVivo module, or visit the workshops calendar to see details of any of the Library’s upcoming NVivo workshops. Additionally, full day training workshops are run by Dr Amma Buckley.

3: Analysing quantitative data

An introduction

For an introduction to some statistical methods for data analysis please see the Library’s Introduction to Statistics module, or visit the workshops calendar to see details of any upcoming statistics workshops. Additionally, if you are a Curtin student or staff member you may also like to view a recording of the Curtin University Future of Work Institute’s Introducing meta-analysis and meta-SEM session.

SPSS

Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) is statistical software used for analysing quantitative data. SPSS is installed on most computers at Curtin’s Australian campuses, and is also available for Australia-based Curtin staff to download for free to a personal computer (DTS will need to assist with this). For an introduction to the software please see the Library’s Introduction to SPSS module, or visit the workshops calendar to see details of any upcoming SPSS workshops.

R

If you are a Curtin student or staff member, you may like to view a recording of the Curtin University Future of Work Institute’s Learning to love wrangling your data: A pragmatic introduction to R session.

Further resources

You may also like to make use of the following resources to learn more about different research methods: