Answered By: Erin Guldbrandsen
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2020     Views: 13228

You can find mixed-method research studies by searching in the Library databases using methodology terms as search keywords.  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, type your general term in the main search box:

    mixed methods
  2. Sign in with your myWalden username and password when prompted.
  3. Type more methodology terms in the first search box. Use as many alternative terms as are relevant to your search.
  4. If you need to find a study that looks at a specific topic, add topic keywords to the other search boxes.
  5. Click the Search button to run your search.


Here is one example:

"Mixed Method*" OR Multimethod




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

First search box:


Second search box:




Search Tips:

  • Use quotation marks to search for mixed methods as a phrase and not as individual words.
  • Use the asterisk (*) to truncate 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.

  • Connect alternative terms with OR to tell 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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