Methodological Premises of Doing Literature Reviews
Postăvaru, G., and Cramer, D. (2016) ‘A case of methodological premises underlying literature reviews,’ SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi:10.4135/978144627305015595385
In this case study, the authors demonstrate and discuss methodological principles of doing literature reviews as a preparation and part of an empirical study about a specific topic. They also give some advice about how to report the main findings of your review, and to identify a gap in knowledge, that your research should fill. They also discuss shortcomings of literature reviews that are known and that you should avoid.
- What are the shortcomings of literature reviews?
- What did your literature review provide as main insights? Analyse your evidence thematically and chronologically, by using columns in a table for year of publication, name of authors, source, keywords, main findings, and explanations for conflicting evidence.
Planning, Piloting and Pre-Testing in Interview Studies
Mikuska, E. (2017) ‘The importance of piloting or pre-testing semi-structured interviews and narratives,’ SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi:10.4135/9781473977754
In this case study, the author illustrates why it is important to test your methods also when you plan a study with interviews or narratives. She outlines the process of doing a pilot study and gives examples of what occurred and which lessons she learned.
- What are the main reasons why you should do pre-test interviews when you plan a study?
- What are advantages and problems of knowing the participants of your study in advance?
How to design an instrument for your research
Mendoza, V. (2014) ‘Measurement, tips, and errors: Making an instrument design in risk perception’ SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi:10.4135/978144627305013519224
In this case study, the author describes the process of designing an instrument for a quantitative study based on her experiences in her Masters and PhD theses. She outlines pitfalls and solutions in a step-by-step manner, reaching to issues of quality in the design and publishing about the research. She also discusses the alternatives of choosing between developing a new instrument or using an existing instrument.
- What are the author’s main suggestions you could use for your research?
- What are the main pitfalls to avoid regarding your research from what the author discusses?