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Communication Theories & Research Methods

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Communication -- Research
Communication -- Research -- Methodology

Communication -- Statistical methods

Communication in politics -- Research

Mass media -- Philosophy

Mass media -- Research

Mass media -- Research -- Methodology

Qualitative research

Qualitative research -- Methodology

Quantitative research

Quantitative research – Methodology

Social sciences -- Research

Social sciences -- Methodology

Communication Theories

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Communication Research Methods

Books on Research Methods, Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods in Social Sciences

Books in red are eBooks. 
For books on a particular method, such as the "grounded theory," search the library catalog with the method as a keyword.

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Video Tutorials on Research Methods and Statistics Programs

  • LinkedIn Learning Online Training (available @my.fsu.edu > Resources > Linkedin Learning)
    • Questionnaire/survey design
    • Survey Monkey 
    • Goole Forms  
    • Excel
    • SPSS 
    • NVivo 
    • Tableau (information visualization tool) training 
  • Qualtrics Survey (available @my.fsu.edu > Resources > Qualtrics Survey) 

Measures and Instruments

Polls and Statistics

Public Opinions
              Pew Research Center https://www.pewresearch.org/   (explore Topics)
              iPOLL Databank (Roper Center) https://lib.fsu.edu/get/ipoll

Census
              U.S. Census Bureau http://census.gov
              American FactFinder…provides community-level demographic information 
                            https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
              U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/data/

Statistical Databases (@FSU Libraries)
              Statista
              DemographicsNow   https://lib.fsu.edu/get/demnow
              Social Explorer
              ProQuest Statistical Insights  https://lib.fsu.edu/get/saus 
              Historical Statistics of the United States https://lib.fsu.edu/get/hsus

Health Statistics
              National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/
                            E.g., Smoking
              MedlinePlus Health Statistics https://medlineplus.gov/healthstatistics.html
              World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global Health Observatory   
                             https://www.who.int/data/gho
                             E.g., Nigeria’s neonatal mortality rate

FSU Student Statistics
              FSU Office of Institutional Research https://ir.fsu.edu/students.aspx

Statistics on College Students
              Almanac of Higher Education (from The Chronicle of Higher Education)
                             https://www.chronicle.com/section/Almanac-of-Higher-Education/141
             
              Open Doors (for international students in the U.S. and American students studying abroad)
              https://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Insights/Open-Doors

              Tip:
              Newspapers or journal articles might be an excellent source to look up the statistics on college    
              students.  Depending on your research topic, you might want to explore a Psychology database
              such as APA PsycINFO, an Education database such as ERIC, or even a Nursing database such as
              CINAHL.
                             PsychINFO 
 https://lib.fsu.edu/get/psycinfo
                             ERIC https://lib.fsu.edu/get/ericcsa
                             CINAHL  https://lib.fsu.edu/get/cinahlft

              At Google Scholar, try the following search statement:
                          ("college students" OR "university students") "mental health" survey
             
à This will yield papers, blogs, etc. that are about survey research on mental health issues of
              college students.  Please note that I used quotes for a phrase searching, and used parentheses
              to group similar concepts together.  
                             Another example:
                         ("college students" OR "university students") ("video game" OR gaming) qualitative
              Not always, but highly likely, you may find the questionnaire that was used to conduct the
              research at the Appendix or Supporting Material section of a research paper.

Others
              CIA The World Factbook (for a country stats)
                             https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
              Google Public Data
https://www.google.com/publicdata/directory
              Data.gov…a source for U.S. government’s open data

Basics of Business Research

Company information
              Company Website > About > Invest Relations  (or Investors) > Annual Report
              Business Source Complete database …Company profile. SWOT Analysis.
                            E.g., Microsoft

Industry information
              For sales, audiences, revenue, the proportion of the market (market ratio)
             
              IBISWorld Industry Market Research database…Industry report. Industry SWOT analysis
                              https://lib.fsu.edu/get/ibisworld
                            E.g., Beer (brewery) industry  (for major players and the market share)

              eMarketer Pro https://lib.fsu.edu/get/emarket 
                            
E.g., Internet of Things (under Media), college students (under Demographics)

 

Consumer and Market information
              Mintel Academic
                            E.g., Movie theatres (see data book), luxury consumers.
                                           Search the database with “college students” to pull off various market reports
                                           on college students

Business Journal Articles
              Business Source Complete database https://lib.fsu.edu/get/bscomp
              ABI/INFORM Collection database https://lib.fsu.edu/get/abi-com

 Statistics
              Statista http://lib.fsu.edu/get/stati  

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