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date: 15 October 2019

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The chapter begins with the “spirit of multimethod research,” which refers to an openness to serendipity and humble recognition that all methods have strengths and weaknesses and that by combining different methods one has compensating strengths leading to more credible results in the face of a series of skeptics’ questions. “Multimethods” involves combining any different methods while” mixed methods” more specifically focuses on combining qualitative and quantitative methods. Typologies of multimethod research from the literature based on characteristics and sequencing of methods themselves are briefly explored. The focus of the chapter is on the design of multimethod research in different subfields elucidating early historical exemplars and current developments. The selective and nonexhaustive subfields include words and deeds, rational actor, contextual effects, biomedical-social, evaluation, historical/comparative, and disaster research. Much of the chapter uses a positivist framework but concludes with a discussion of how multimethods are relevant for postpositive rhetorical and narrative frames.

Keywords: multimethod research, compensating strengths and weaknesses, skeptics' questions, exemplars, post-positivist, rhetorical, narrative frames, design, multimethod, mixed method, historical exemplars

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