"Research methods are a group of methodologies or formalized instructions on how to conduct research. Research methods provide a set of recipes for the scientist.... As a whole, research methods are designed so that scientists can identify patterns and relationships, test and redefine theories, make predictions, interpret culturally or historically significant events, explore diversity, give voice, and advance new theories".
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