Using a theoretical framework for your dissertation can help you to better analyze past events by providing a particular set of questions to ask, and a particular perspective to use when examining your topic. View our Library FAQ for how to locate this document here.It can be difficult to find scholarly work that takes a particular theoretical approach because articles, books, and book chapters are typically described according to the topics they tackle rather than the methods they use to tackle them.A selection of resources is included below: Searching in SAGE Research Methods Use the main search bar to locate information about theoretical frameworks.
In addition to your Library research, you should consider discussing possible theories with colleagues and your Dissertation Chair.
Also, keep in mind that you will probably find and discard several potential theoretical frameworks before one is finally chosen.
Includes over 1,400 methods that are linked to content in over 640 books, encyclopedias, and videos. is a multimedia database containing more than 1,000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos covering every step of the research process.
It includes e-books and e-book chapters which may help you better understand the theoretical framework aspect of your research study.
This may include articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, material from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
For additional information, see the following: Since most doctoral research requires a theoretical framework, looking at completed dissertations related to your topic is an effective way to identify relevant theories and theorists.
In our example, we have selected the field for AB Abstract because if theory is mentioned within the abstract, the study is more likely to take a theoretical approach.
As shown below, results from our example search clearly include articles which apply theory to the topic of curriculum design. Theoretical information may be mentioned in a subheading, or referred to elsewhere in the document.
For example, a search for cognitive developmental theory in the Credo Reference database results in a number of reference entries which discuss the history of the theory, identify relevant theorists, and cite seminal research studies.
You may search for theorists and theoretical information using Google and Google Scholar, as well.