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Thread: Issue with research method (or lack thereof)

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28-Jun-19, 13:20
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Thank you! I am currently reading up on systematic literature reviews to make sure I am doing it right. I'm very thankful for this forum. In hindsight I feel like I should have been able to figure this out by myself but I'm really grateful that you all pointed me in this direction! It's such a relief to finally know what to do!

Thread: Issue with research method (or lack thereof)

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26-Jun-19, 11:44
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Thank you very much, I think you just solved my problem!

Thread: Issue with research method (or lack thereof)

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25-Jun-19, 15:07
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Hello

I am new in this forum and signed up because I am hoping to get some help/advise. I am currently writing my master thesis and while I know I should discuss issues regarding that with my supervisor, for a number of reasons that's not an option and I have to find my own solution. It is possibly a very easy/stupid question and I'm sure there are people on this forum who will know the answer :-)

My issue:

As I said I am currently writing my master thesis in the social science/humanities area. The issue is my research method of lack thereof. I am only using journal articles and academic books as sources. I don't just repeat what is written but I combine two different areas together to shed some light onto a new issue. So while I don't conduct any primary research (e.g. interviews) I still create something new-is that's not there yet. But it's purely based on academic journals. I am now very worried that this is not scientific enough for a master thesis. It is more like writing a really long essay for a class and doesn't feel very thesis-ish. What are your thoughts on that? I tried to find a research method which is similar/close to what I am doing but I mainly find qualitative and quantitative research methods like interviews, surveys etc. where some new (primary) data is generated. Mine is more like "X says bla, Y says bla, so I'd say X+Y = Z" if that makes any sense...

I'm now just a few weeks away from submission and I'm panicking that I will fail because I don't seem to really employ a research method. What do you think? Do you know of a research method that only uses journal articles and books and sort of builds their own thing based on what others have written (purely theoretical)?

Thanks

PS: English is not my mother language. Please excuse mistakes, I study in German.
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