Answered By: Erin Guldbrandsen
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2017     Views: 6585

You can find mixed-method research studies by searching in the Library databases using methodology terms as search keywords. For a mixed-method study, possible keywords include the type of study, data analysis type, or terminology used to describe the results.

     Examples of keywords for mixed methods searches


  • Mixed Method
  • Mixed Methodology
  • Multimethod
  • Qualitative and Quantitative



The following search uses Thoreau, our multi-database search tool, to find examples of mixed-method research studies. However, you can search in any article or dissertation database for mixed-method research studies.


1.  On the Library homepage, click the blue Articles by Topic button.

link to articles by topic page

2.  Scroll down to Search multiple databases box and the click the link for: Thoreau Multi-Database Search 

3.  If you have not already logged in to the Library databases, you will be prompted to log in with your myWalden Portal user name and password.

4. Type the methodology terms in the first search box. Use as many alternative terms as are relevant to your search.

5.  If you need to find a study that looks at a specific topic, add topic keywords to the other search boxes.

6.  Click the Search button to run your search.

Here is one example:

First search box:

"Mixed Method*" OR Multimethod


Here is an  image of the search setup:


You can also search for studies that use both a quantitative and a qualitative methodology.

For example:

First search box:


Second search box:



Here is an image of that search setup:


Search Tips:

  • Using quotation marks tells the database to search for mixed method as a phrase and not as individual words.

  • Using the asterisk (*) truncates the search. This means the database will search for the part of the word you typed before the asterisk, along with any possible endings for the word. Using method* tells the database to search for method, methods, methodology, etc.

  • Connecting the alternative terms with OR tells the database to search for either of these terms.

  • Many articles and dissertations will include methodology terms in the abstract or title. To make sure that you have an example of a mixed-methods research study, be sure to look at the methodology section in the full text. This will provide detailed information about the methodology used.


Watch a video showing how to search for a mixed-method article in the Library databases:

Video: Find Mixed-Method Articles

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