Survey Research

This webpage, from the Research Methods Knowledge Base, focuses on the use of surveys in social research. It provides guidance and advice on selecting a survey type, selecting a survey method, constructing the survey and a 'plus and minus' of the different types of methods. 


"Survey research is one of the most important areas of measurement in applied social research. The broad area of survey research encompasses any measurement procedures that involve asking questions of respondents. A "survey" can be anything form a short paper-and-pencil feedback form to an intensive one-on-one in-depth interview."


  • Types of Surveys
  • Selecting the Survey Method
  • Constructing the Survey
  • Interviews
  • Plus & Minus of Survey Methods


Research Methods Knowledge Base (2006), Survey Research, Retrieved from:

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J. Nelson-Weaver

This resource provides a good overview of creating surveys and includes tips on what you should and should not do. Examples are given for each step. The site has links to suggestion on different kids of data collection methods as well.

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