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MIR-850: Organizational Behavior

About Methodology

Being aware of the type of methodology used in a study is an important part of the research process. Many indexes -- such as PsycINFO -- provide limits to restrict your search results by methodology type.

A meta-analysis is a statistical analysis that combines the results of multiple scientific studies. Further further reading on the differences between systematic reviews and meta-analyses, see Garg et al.'s "Systematic Review and Meta-analysis: When One Study Is Just not Enough" CJASN January 2008, vol. 3 no. 1, 253-260.

For definitions of each methodology, visit the following APA Databases Methodology Field Values webpage.

For the purposes of MIR-850, Dr. Lilius has provided a list of research methodology types, arranged in descending order of strength. To summarize, the more meta-analyses and systematic reviews you identify to support your case, the better.

  • Meta-analyses of research studies
  • Systematic reviews of research studies
  • Randomized controlled intervention studies
  • Quasi-experimental studies
  • Non-experimental and qualitative studies

In the library session you will be shown how to limit your searches to include only results that adopted a particular methodology.