You can search for journals articles in databases such as the ones listed on this page. Databases are collections of article citations, abstracts, and links to full-text articles. Some databases cover specific academic disciplines, while others are multidisciplinary.
Many of the databases that you will use at SU come from EBSCO, a provider of online indexes and full text.
Because they are written by and for scholars, peer-reviewed articles are often challenging to read.
If you plan to discuss a source in detail, read the complete article from beginning to end.
Qualitative research studies collect descriptive data (mostly words). They use methods such as interviews, focus groups, content analysis, and observation. Surveys with open-ended questions could be used for qualitative research.
Quantitative research methods collect numerical data and use statistics to analyze that data. Experiments, analyses that look for relationships between sets of numerical data, and surveys with limited, pre-determined responses are examples of methods that could be used for quantitative research.
Mixed-methods studies combine both kinds of research methods to gather both qualitative and quantitative data.