Other research methods are: experiments, participant observation, and use of existing sources. Experiment is a research method for investigating cause and effect under highly controlled conditions (Macionis, 2014). Experimental research is explanatory, meaning that it asks not just what happens but why. Typically, researchers conduct experiments to test hypotheses, unverified statements of a relationship between variables. Another research method is the participant observation. It is a research method in which investigators systematically observe people while joining them in their routine activities (Macionis, 2014). Participant observation research is descriptive and often exploratory. It is normally qualitative research, inquiry based on subjective impressions. The last research method, use of existing sources, is where a researcher uses date already collected by others (Macionis, 2014).
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