Guides, Tools, Worksheets



On this page is a collection of worksheets, tools, and guides from the libraries of Dr. Simon and Dr. Goes.  We will be continually adding to this collection, so check back frequently.

Planning your Research

The Research Map

Dissertation Path Checklist

Scholarly Research Versus Fact Finding

What is Common Knowledge?

Choosing your Research Project

Choosing Your Research Project Accompaniment

Choosing Your Research Method – in a nutshell

Summary Chart of Research Methodologies (by Paula Muirhead)


Problem Statement Checklist

Writing a Purpose Statement

Developing Research Questions

What are Hypotheses?

Preparing an Annotated Bibliography

Conducting a Literature Review

Critical Review by Coutts

Standards for Evaluating a Theory

Developing a Theoretical Framework

Assumptions, Limitations, Delimitations, and Scope of the Study


Dissertation Process Guides

Change charts/Revision logs – these are very useful in tracking changes between drafts and communicating with your committee about the changes you have made.  There are two templates here – one for Excel, and the other for Word

Do’s and Don’ts of Dissertations

Dissertation Check List  updated

Words and phrases to avoid when discussing your research

Ontological Humility

Concept Paper/Prospectus

Generic Mentor/Mentee charter or agreement

Permission to use Survey/Charts/Figures

Permission Letters

Obtaining Assent and Consent

Creating an Abstract
(note that your university may have specific requirements for abstracts)

APA 6th in text citations

The Role of the Researcher

Tips for IRB and Ethical Research

Oral Defense of the Dissertation

Choosing a Dissertation Title

Using Tense Correctly in your Research Study

The Literature Matrix

Mission Creep and Headings   

Instrumentation and Data Analysis

Conducting Pilot Studies

Pilot Study to Validate Researcher-Designed Survey

Threats to Validity

Validity and Reliability in Qualitative Studies

Sample Size Matters

Developing Your Own Survey

Effective Interviewing Practices

Rubric for Expert Validation of Survey or Interview, by Jacquelyn White and Marilyn K. Simon, Ph.D

Analysis of Qualitative Data

Quantitative Analysis

Effect Size vs. Inferential Statistics

Power Analysis

Using Secondary Data in Doctoral Research

Personality Traits and Psychometric Testing

Methodological Concerns

Paradigm Assumptions

Assumptions, Limitations, Delimitations

Measurement and Using Likert-type Scales

Increasing your “n”

Limited Data? – Try Bootstrapping

Bracketing in Qualitative Research

Effective Practices for Research Interviews

 Phenomenological Research

Correlational Research

Ex Post Facto Research

Transcribing Interview Data

Research Acronyms

A Tale of Two Dissertations

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