Research Methodology


a) To provide a generic perspective on the specificity of work in the field of Human Sciences;

b) To differentiate and identify the Human Sciences in the range Western scientific knowledge;

c) To provide a set of basic rules and standards (for research, discursive and bibliographic organization) that the work in this area involves;

d) To know the basic rules of the discursive and bibliographic organization;

e) To develop research and information selection abilities in the area of ​​Human Sciences.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alda Maria Jesus Correia, Rogério Miguel do Deserto Rodrigues de Puga


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Azevedo, M. (2009). Teses, Relatórios e Trabalhos Escolares. Lisboa: Universidade Católica.
Ceia, C. (2012). Normas para a Apresentação de Trabalhos Científicos. Lisboa: Presença.
Gibaldi, J. (2009). MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Sétima edição. Nova Iorque: Modern Language Association.
Lakatos, E. (2012). Metodologia Científica. São Paulo: Pé da Letra.
Soles, D. (2010). The Essentials of Academic Writing. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Teaching method

Practical classes (60%) designed to familiarize the student with the work methodology in Social and Human Sciences, combined with theoretical classes (40%).

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - Preparation of an argumentative essay (30%), practical work (20%), test(50%)

Subject matter

1. Sciences

1.1. Culture, Literature and Science

1.2. The specificity of research in the Humanities

1.3. Scientific research and writing

1.4. Ethical principles and scientific methods


2. Methods

2.1. Traditional research methodologies and techniques

2.2. Research aids

2.3. Resources: libraries, archives, documentation centers

2.4. Objectives of the work, study objects, corpus and research organization

2.5. The book and the edition

2.6. The sources: access to documents and information collection

2.7. The norms: bibliography, notes and citations


3. Information technologies

3.1. New technologies: epistemology and paradigm shifts

3.2. Bibliographic consultation and electronic search (Internet, CD-   ROM)

3.3. Databases in the Humanities

3.4. Information processing


4. Speeches

4.1. Quote, paraphrase, plagiarism

4.2. The organization of the speech

4.3. Types of academic work: summary, synthesis, critical review, report, dissertation and thesis