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Science - Biophy Library - Chemistry Libguide: Research Methodology

This will provide a very useful and helpful guide to the literature of Chemistry for students, staff and researchers alike.

Books on Research Methodology

The following books on Research Methodology are available in the Wits libraries.

Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Published on Aug 3, 2012

On the 7 and 8 June 2012, the National HE STEM Programme (, in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry and sigma, ran a two-day workshop aimed at supporting those wishing to engage in scholarly practice and pedagogic research within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in UK higher education. This video contains a summary of the session, led by George Brown from the University of Nottingham, from the workshop discussing both quantitative and qualitative research as means of capturing data and evidence.

Research Methods Library of Alexandria

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"Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". (WHO)

Comparing Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

FROM: Practical Research: Planning and Design by Paul D. Leedy and Jeanne E Ormrod.

In general, quantitative research is used to answer questions about relationahips among measured variables with the purpose of explaining, predicting, and controlling phenomena. This approach is sometimes called the traditional, experimental, or positivist approach.

In contrast, qualitative research is typically used to answer questions about the complex nature of phenomena, often with the purpose of describing and understanding the phenomena from the participants' point of view. The qualitative approach is also referred to as the interpretative, constructivist, or positivist approach.

Read more on Research Design and Methodology.