A short book chapter by O'Leary is available online within SAGE Research Methods Online database (NSU Libraries login required). The chapter jumps you into practical definitions and recommended readings focused on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research.
O'Leary, Z. (2007). Qualitative/Quantitative. In The social science jargon buster. doi:10.4135/9780857020147.n107
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