method

1. (noun) A systematic way to do something.

2. (noun) A process, technique or tool for collecting or analyzing data.

Example: Interviewing or surveying.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: methods
  • Often confused with methodology, which is the system or theory of how research proceeds.
  • Also called:
    • research method
    • research technique

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How to Cite the Definition of Method

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “method.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/method/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

method. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/method/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “method.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/method/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“method.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/method/>.