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AHLP 890 Dissertation Seminar

This is a companion research guide for the ALHP 890 Dissertation Seminar. Students can find library materials listed here that correspond to the learning modules in Blackboard.


Contact the following librarians for assistance:

Talicia Tarver

Talicia Tarver, Research and Education Librarian



Nina Exner

Nina Exner, Data Management Librarian




The study design (or methods) chapter describes what will happen in the study. These resources are great places to read up on how to do a study, covering a variety of different methodological options.

When writing the study design, we don't just have to understand the method we will use. We also have to support why it is the right method to use, by citing literature that agrees with elements of the design we choose. So even after we decide what we want to do in the study, we may want to visit these resources again to get the citations we need to explain and support the design.


Lecture video (#1, 9 minutes):

You can play the lecture video above  or  you can click here to go to the web page.

Demo video (#2, 15 minutes):

You can play the demo video above or you can click here to go to the web page. Nina trimmed repetition and typing time as much as possible, but it's still rather long.

After watching the videos, please take the self-assessment below to check your understanding. As with the other self-assessments, there's no grade attached; just check your understanding and consider how it might affect your own proposal. Thanks!

Sage Research Methods

Sage Research Methods is useful for anyone writing a methods chapter. This is a place to look for information on statistical tests, modeling techniques, data collection, and more. It is also a good place to find methodological definitions to cite when you need to support your choice of design.

Springer Nature Experiments

For anyone who needs to include bench research in their dissertation, Springer Nature Experiments is a great source of lab techniques and protocols for a variety of purposes. In addition to the protocols themselves, Springer Nature Experiments is also a place to look up overviews of different bench techniques in order to compare the options for gathering the needed data.