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Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty

Why should I link to the platform when I can just download the PDF?

There are a host of features on SRM content pages that enhance learning and the reading experience for users, which are not available in the PDF.

Readers can easily jump between chapters using the chapters tab, rather than downloading individual PDFs for each chapter. You can also quickly and easily search for specific terms and concepts within the whole book using the “Find in this book” search bar.

Each content page also contains a variety of tools, allowing readers to quickly cite the text, add it to an SRM reading list, share it via social media/email, and to change the text format for enhanced accessibility.


How can I contribute to SAGE Research Methods?

Periodically, we send out commissioning calls for SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE Research Methods Datasets, and SAGE Research Methods Video. Any current commissioning information is listed below:

SAGE Research Methods Cases

Write a SAGE Research Methods Case for our multidisciplinary collection. Contributor information can be found on the commissioning page here

Write a SAGE Research Methods Case for our Politics & International Relations collection. Contributor information can be found on the commissioning page here.

Write a SAGE Research Methods Case for our Business & Management collection. Contributor information can be found on the commissioning page here.

SAGE Research Methods Datasets

There are no commissioning opportunities at the moment, but look out for future opportunities here.

SAGE Research Methods Video

There are no commissioning opportunities at the moment, but look out for future opportunities here.


Why is my favorite SAGE research methods textbook not available on SAGE Research Methods?

SAGE Research Methods is not intended to replace your favorite SAGE textbook, or be a new way to access it. Rather, we encourage faculty to use the books and other resources on SAGE Research Methods as a supplement to teaching with other SAGE research methods textbooks.


How do I embed SAGE Research Methods content into my Virtual Learning Environment or Learning Management System?

Click here for instructions detailing how to embed SAGE content into your university’s VLE or LMS. 


How do I teach with the non-book content available on SAGE Research Methods?

For tips on integrating SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE Research Methods Datasets and SAGE Research Methods Video into your research methods classes, click here.

How do I find resources specific to my discipline?

There’s so much content available in SAGE Research Methods. How can I find the resources that are relevant to my needs?

All content on SAGE Research Methods has discipline-specific keywords added, to make it easy to find content that is relevant to your discipline.

You can browse through all of the topics, disciplines and content types in SAGE Research Methods from the homepage.

Alternatively, you can click the discipline keyword on any content page, to browse more resources:

For more information about how to navigate SAGE Research Methods Cases to find the resources most relevant to your needs, please see the user guide here.


How can I use SAGE Research Methods for classroom assessment?

SAGE Research Methods Cases in particular is useful for assessment. Each case study contains between 5-8 exercises and discussion questions, which can be used to stimulate conversation in-class, to test student learning and comprehension, or for homework.


How do I create a reading list?

Every content page on SAGE Research Methods Cases can be added to a reading list, once you are logged into your profile, using the List button. For a step-by-step guide to creating reading lists, please see the instructions here.


Why can't I access content with a padlock symbol?

You will see padlock symbols next to content for two possible reasons. You may not be logged in through your university’s library, and therefore access will not be granted. The best way to access the content in SAGE Research Methods is to browse for the database in your library’s catalogue.

Alternatively, there may be padlocks next to resources that your university does not subscribe to. For example, you may see padlock symbols next to all datasets, indicating that your university does not have access to this resource. If this occurs, and you would like to use the padlocked resource, you can sign up for a free trial for 30-day access to these resources. If you think the resource is valuable, please recommend it to your librarian.

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