What do you mean by the terms "research methods" and "research methodology"?

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The term "research methods" typically refers to the strategy or plan that a researcher has devised in order to gather data. While "research methodology" sounds similar to "research method," research methodology refers to the body of practices that govern the acquisition of knowledge within a given field. 


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In the field of research, the research “method” entails different interventions, strategies, and plans that will be put to use by the researcher to do his or her job. It is like an action plan full of short- and long-term goals. It is also a set of actions—an action plan.

Research methodology deals with a range of ways to make the most out of solving key research problems. It is a composite of philosophies, ideals, and foundations that drive the actions, the methods, that will be used.

Think of the method as the “instrument,” or “tool” that will be used to accomplish the goals of the research. Think of the methodology as the systematic way in which those tools will be...

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