Tip #8: Outline your methodology. Good methodology means that you have selected the best method to answer your primary research question. The choice of best method will vary by discipline. Methodology refers to the process of collecting, evaluating, and analyzing information to answer your research question. For qualitative work, you may need to define your personal methodology for evaluating information as this is likely to have an impact on how you perceive, report, and explain the data. The reader should understand, in general, your background and experiences which lead you to treat the data as you do. Remember, research must be replicable (or at least understandable) by other people.