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Empirical Research in Education and the Behavioral/Social Sciences

Basic information, database tips, and other resources for nding empirical research, especially in Education, Psychology, and the Behavioral/Social Sciences.

What is Empirical Research? Penn State Research Ofces


Finding Empirical Research in Of ce for Research Protections ( ces/orp)

Library Databases Ensure that research at Penn State is conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and
(/emp/ nding) guidelines that protect human participants, animals, students, and personnel involved with research.
Research Data Services (
Designing Empirical Research
Provides consultation on data, geospatial, statistical, and other research questions.
Statistical Consulting Center, Department of Statistics (
Offers advice on research planning and design, sampling, modeling, analysis, results interpretation, and software.
Education Librarian Institute for State and Regional Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg (
Located at Penn State Harrisburg, ISRA includes departments for census, geospatial, and survey research.
Services include consultation/training and contract research.

Designing Empirical Research (eBooks only)

Start with:
account_id=13609) SAGE Research Methods Online (
A collection of encyclopedias, handbooks, and other materials for designing Education, Behavioral Sciences, and
Ellysa Social Sciences Research. Use the search box to nd information on speci c methods, or use the "Methods Map"
(education) to explore related methodologies.

SpringerLink eBooks (
Although Springer is better known for publishing in the life sciences, it offers a growing collection of social
science materials. To nd research methods books, type research* OR method* into the search box. Then, under

"Discipline," click on "See All," and choose your topic of interest.
502-C Paterno
Library (
University Park,
16802 Provides video tutorials on using software, including scholarly data analysis packages like Qlik and SPSS.
814-865-9696 more...
Some Additional Resources:
call) Pocket Glossary for Commonly Used Research Terms by Michael J. Holosko; Bruce A. Thyer
Social: Call Number: online
(ellysa) ISBN: 9781412995139
Publication Date: 2011-06-14
Subjects: Over 1500 research and statistical terms, written in jargon-free, easy-to-understand terminology to
Campus: help students understand dif cult concepts in their research courses.
University Park
(, The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods by Debra J. Rog (Editor); Leonard
Education Bickman (Editor) (
Call Number: online
ISBN: 9781412950312
Publication Date: 2008-08-27
Provides students and researchers with the most comprehensive resource covering core methods, research
designs, and data collection, management, and analysis issues.

Handbook of Developmental Research Methods by Brett Laursen (Editor); Todd D. Little (Editor);
Noel A. Card (Editor) (
Call Number: online
ISBN: 9781609189518
Publication Date: 2012-02-01
Designed to meet the needs of those studying development. Leading developmental methodologists present
cutting-edge analytic tools and describe how and when to use them, in accessible, nontechnical language.

Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education by Sara Delamont (Editor)

Call Number: online
ISBN: 9781849807296
ISBN: 9781849807296
Publication Date: 2012-02-29
Offers both basic and advanced discussions of data collection, analysis and representation of all the
best qualitative methods used in educational research.

Handbook of Research Methods in Early Childhood Education, Vol. 1: by Olivia N. Saracho

Call Number: online
ISBN: 9781623966126
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Brings together in one source research techniques that researchers can use to collect data for studies
that contribute to the knowledge in early childhood education.

Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science by Jann Hau (Editor); Steven J. Schapiro (Editor)
Call Number: online
ISBN: 9781420084559
Publication Date: 2010-12-02
Explores the myriad issues surrounding the use of animals in scienti c laboratories. Topics include
ethical concerns, regulation and legislation, facilities and equipment, health monitoring, nutrient requirements and
feeding schedules, statistical analysis, surgical and non-surgical techniques, and anesthesia.

Statistical Research Methods by Roy Sabo; Edward Boone

Call Number: online
ISBN: 9781461487081
Publication Date: 2013-10-22
This textbook will help graduate students in non-statistics disciplines, advanced undergraduate
researchers, and research faculty to learn, use and communicate results from many commonly used
statistical methods.

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