Q. How do I find qualitative or quantitative research?


Qualitative Versus Quantitative Research

Qualitative research is research that gathers data from observation, interview, or verbal interactions. Quantitative research uses a methodical approach to gathering information that often uses specific research instruments to convert information into quantifiable numbers. 

Locating Qualitative or Quantitative Research

As a general rule, all research studies will have a methods section included in the journal article. In order to locate qualitative or quantitative research, add the term "method" to your search. It is also recommended to limit your search results to only peer-reviewed journals. By reading through the article's abstract and/or the methods section, the research should be able to determine the specific type of study completed for the article.

Some databases, such as PsycARTICLES and CINHAL Complete, provide the researcher with the option of limiting  search results list to a specific type of research, methodology, or clinical queries using the Advanced Search feature. Please see the Links & Files below for specific tips for locating qualitative or quantitative research.


More information on these types of research can be found in the attached files. For help in locating sources, please visit the Tutorials & Workshops webpage or schedule an appointment with a research coach.

  • Last Updated Sep 27, 2018
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  • Answered By Jessica Spears

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