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SAGE Research Methods Online

Sage Research Methods (SRM) is a fantastic collection of books, case studies and videos exploring and illustrating research methods for the social sciences.  

  • Books include Little Green Books and Little Blue Books, short guides to quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Over 1000 case studies illustrating research methods
  • Videos exploring all aspects of the research process
  • SRM Project Planner - accessible advice on every stage of the research process from defining a question to writing up and sharing your research
  • We don't subscribe to everything from SRM - use 'Refine By' when searching and browsing to see what is available at SHU

BMJ Best Practice is supported by the University to give you access to its content. To use the resource, follow these steps.

1. Go to the link and select 'log in'

2. Scroll down the page to find 'Login via Shibboleth (UKAMF)' - do not be tempted to use NHS Athens link!

3. Click the drop down and select 'Sheffield Hallam' (or you can start typing 'Sheffield' into the box and it will find it)

4. Select 'Sheffield Hallam University'

5. Click 'go to login'

6. This takes you to our University log in screen and you use your normal SHU username and password.

The first time you use the resource, you will need to create a profile. After that, it will take you straight to the main page of There is a detailed 'about' page, with more information on the resource:

Resources about black and brown skin

Medical literature has often focused on the appearance of skin conditions on white skin, contributing to health inequalities for people of colour. The resources below (produced by the same organisation) are helping to counter this issue in order to promote equitable care.

Resources for Evidence-based Research

                   Hierarchy of Evidence: Case series/case reports; case control studies; cohort studies; randomized control trial; systematic review; meta-analysis (from wider content to more focused and specific)

Image credit: Duke University

If you are looking for quick access, freely available, evidence-based information then search one of the resources below.  Each resource offers systematic reviews that will give you the best course of action for your particular patient, though if no systematic review has been carried out on your topic you might select a lower form of evidence.

Clinical Trial Sources

For some assignments you need to know more about clinical trials.

Clinical trials are incredibly vital to research but what is a clinical trial?  You can find the answer using the following links!

How can I find clinical trials?

You have options! You can either search for a study on a clinical trial / research study website or you can use a database like PubMed and use the clinical trial filter or limit.

How do I find the results?

The volume of information available may relate to the stage of the trial, whether the team has published results or associated information. To find out more, you should head back to the site you used to locate the trial and see if there are study results, associated publications or you can run an author search in a database for the principal / lead investigator.

How and why are clinical trials registered?

You can find out more about this from a UK, US and international perspective below:

Drugs and medicines

Please note: When using BNF, look up the drug name, not the brand name. 

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