1. (noun) A systematic way to do something.
Example: Interviewing or surveying.
Audio Pronunciation: (meth·od)
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- 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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- Word origin of “method” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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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 March 24, 2019 (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 March 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/method/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“method.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/method/>.