NIH Unveils Social Science Web Resource
NIH Unveils Social Science Web Resource

May 2012

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a new website, e-Source, to serve as a central resource on research methods for social and behavioral scientists in public health.

The e-Source website includes 20 chapters in five key areas: Setting the Scene, Describing How, Explaining Why, What Works, and Emerging Issues. Along with explanations of social science research methods, the chapters contain interactive exercises that test a scientist’s understanding of the information read (see an example). References are also embedded to allow scientists to gain knowledge from the primary sources. A discussion forum provides social scientists with an opportunity to interact with others and pose questions on research methods.

According to NIH, e-Source is not meant to serve solely as a foundation for research methods. New topics may be featured as the need arises.

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