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Research methods for gender, sexuality, and women's studies

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For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies by email () or Ask a librarian.

Find books on research methods

Search the SFU Library Catalogue to find books.

Keyword searching

"topic" AND research method* 
"name of method" 

From the "search results" select books that are relevant, and take a look at their assigned "subject headings" to find more books on that topics. Use the limiters in the left-hand column to narrow down the results.

Selected subject headings to find books on research methods

These selected Library of Congress Subject Headings will  assist you with finding books on research methods.  
Use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select "Subject" browse from the drop-down menu. 

Selected books on research methods

These books will help you to get started. 


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.

  • CARMA Video Library
  • Advanced training in research methods and data analysis from the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis
  • A training library featuring video tutorials on software programs, design practices, and business skills.
    Restricted to current students, faculty and staff. All users must create a profile with a valid SFU email address before logging in to this resource for the first time.
  • Sage Research Methods Online
     Access to research methods from books and videos and other reference sources.

For more, try databases for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Databases for Anthropology, Databases and for Sociology.