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Research methods for Anthropology and Sociology

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For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Sociology / Anthropology by email () or Ask a librarian.

This guide provide information on research methods for Anthropology and Sociology,

Find books on research methods

Search by keyword in the Library Catalogue

  • "topic word" AND research method*
  • "qualitative research" and method*

Subject headings for books

These selected subject headings will help you to find books on research methods.

To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.

Selected books

These books will help you to get started. 


List of Databases for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Databases for Anthropology, Databases and for Sociology.

Search databases that publish scholarly articles in your research area. Research methodologies are included in the text of articles and in the abstracts of article index records so a keyword search, using terms describing your methodology and the focus of your research, should produce relevant results.

For example:

participant observation
cell phone* or mobile phone* or cellular telephones or mobile communication

To find discussions of methodological issues, use terms describing your methodology combined with terms like "critique", "review", "assessment", "problem*", "ethic*", "issues", etc.

  • Sage Research Methods Online
    Access to research methods from books and videos and other reference sources.
  • CARMA Video Library
    Advanced training in research methods and data analysis from the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis

Selected journals