Methodology Resources

Here are a variety of materials that may be useful for teaching and learning social science methodology.

Additional resources developed especially for Social Science Methodology: A Unified Framework, 2d ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) are available at Cambridge University Press.

Please send comments and suggestions for improving this site to jgerring@bu.edu

Bibliography of readings on methodological topics

  • Methods Bibliography

  • Journals and Newsletters

  • American Journal of Political Science
  • Historical Methods
  • International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches
  • Journal of Causal Inference
  • Journal of Mixed Methods Research
  • Journal of Spurious Correlations
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Political Analysis
  • The Political Methodologist (newsletter of the PolMeth section of APSA)
  • Political Research Quarterly
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • Qualitative Research
  • Sociological Methods and Research
  • Sociological Methodology
  • Quality and Quantity
  • Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (newsletter of the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section of APSA). Current issues available to members of the section; back-issues posted here.

  • Book Series

  • Analytical Methods for Social Research, Cambridge University Press
  • Interpretive Methods, Routledge
  • Michigan Studies in Political Analysis, University of Michigan Press
  • Research Methods, Palgrave/Macmillan
  • Strategies for Social Inquiry, Cambridge University Press

  • Summer schools, Institutes, Workshops (regular annual events, not one-off events)

  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Ann Arbor, MI
  • Institute for Qualitative and Multimethod Research (IQMR), Syracuse, NY
  • Essex, UK
  • European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) at (a) Ljubljana and (b) Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA), Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA), Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Society for Political Methodology, summer methods meeting

  • Advice on Social Science Writing

  • Advice on Essay Writing

  • Methods-Related Sites

  • Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods (CQRM)
  • Political Methodology section of the American Political Science Association
  • Committee on Concepts and Methods, International Political Science Association
  • Social Research Methods (Trochim)
  • QualQuant
  • Andrew Gelman