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Family & Consumer Sciences Research Guide: FACS 365

This research guide features resources and strategies for finding information and conducting research related to the Family and Consumer Science degree programs.

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Developing a Research Question

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I. Selected Databases for Research Proposal

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II. Background and Significance

III. Literature review

Use databases and links provided in Steps I and II.
CRAAP Test: Evaluate information/article
1. Currency: What is the copyright, publication, or posting date?   Is the information outdated?
2. Relevance: Is the source considered popular or scholarly?  Does the source answer your research question?
3. Authority: Who is the author?  Is the author credible or expert on topic?  Author's background (experience or education)?
4. Accuracy: Does the information see accurate? What kind of language,imagery, or tone is used (emotional, objective,        professional)?
5. Purpose: What is the purpose or motive of source (educational, commercial, entertainment, or promotional)?  Does the source seem biased?


IV. Research Design and methods

Qualitative and Quantitative studies

               Qualitative:         Qualitative data is information about qualities; information that can't actually be measured. An example of qualitative data is the shape of your eyes.  Example: The softness of a cat. (Qualitative.)

               Quantitative:     Quantitative data is information about quantities; that is, information that can be measured and written down with numbers. Some examples of quantitative data are your height, your shoe size, and the length of your fingernails. Examples: The age of your car. (Quantitative.)

Example FACS dissertations with instruments used in the work.

Example search string in advanced search: noft(family AND consumer science) AND noft(quantitative)  -- noft = not in full text

Example of Early Childhood Education dissertations

Example search string in advanced search: noft(early childhood education) AND noft(quantitative)  -- noft = not in full text

Chart for Qualitative and Quantitative research