Research Methods

Introduction & Basics

Welcome to the Research Methods site for the Library! In this section we explore all facets of the research endeavour, including methodologies, software, and key sites for downloading data.



Qualitative Research

Videos, Tutorials, etc.

Research Software

In addition to studying methodologies for conducting empirical research, there are software packages for both Quantitative and Qualitative research for implementation of data collection and research. Some of these will be open-access, freely available, many will be packages that require purchase. This list is mainly for educational purposes, you are not required to purchase or use these programs.

Quantitative Data Analysis

  • SPSS:  SPSS is a standard for data analysis among academics. It is an IBM product…although YU doesn’t have a license to the software, they do offer a monthly purchase option for short term projects/use.
  • PSPP:  Freely available software for managing and analyzing data as an alternative to IBM’s SPSS. It is not as sophisticated, but is a good free alternative for doing quantitative analysis.

Qualitative Analysis

  • Aquad: This is an open-source freeware version that allows data analysis of text, audio, video, and graphics.
  • Cassandre: An open-source freeware software for text analysis, considered appropriate for grounded theory methodology (with semi-automate coding features).
  • CAT (Coding Analysis Toolkit): CAT is a web-based suite of CAQDAS tools. It is free and open source software, and is developed by the Qualitative Data Analysis Program of the University of Pittsburgh
  • Compendium: is a computer program and social science tool that facilitates the mapping and management of ideas and arguments
  • ELAN: programme for helping transcribe video and audio for qualitative analysis.

Data & Statistics

Data sources for analysis and review  that may be of interest for all students in all programs.


  • Statistics Canada: Statistics Canada is the national statistical office. The agency ensures Canadians have the key information on Canada’s economy, society and environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers.

International (May include Canadian Content)

  • ICPSR: An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.
  • OECD Stats: The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

Journal Selection & Impact

Resources for Identifying and Evaluating Scholarly Journals, including impact/relevancy factors.

  • SCImago:  The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a publicly available portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.).