Basic Research Methods for Librarians

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 370 pages
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Addressed to practicing librarians and other information professionals, as well as master's and doctoral students in LIS programs, "Basic Research Methods for Librarians, Fifth Edition" specifically covers the research methodologies likely to be used by librarians, providing guidance on designing and conducting research and publishing research results.

Like its predecessors, this fifth edition is exceptionally comprehensive. Content has been thoroughly updated and sections have been added on social networking and other web-based research methods and techniques. The book emphasizes quantitative research, including survey and experimental studies. It also gives attention to qualitative research, including historical research. A chapter is devoted to the statistical analysis of research results. Evaluation, writing, and publishing of research reports are considered as well. Coauthored by distinguished researchers in library and information science, the book also includes contributions from experts on qualitative research, domain assumptions of research, and sampling.

 

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I used this book as the textbook for my research methods course in my LIS program. I enjoyed the book and have gone back to it several times for ideas and clarification on research isues. Read full review

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This series of books all run along the same line - they are good basic books that do no go overly deeply into the subject matter. As someone who has no personal experience working in libraries, I ... Read full review

Contents

1Research and Librarianship
1
2Developing the Research Study
19
3Selecting the Research Method
71
4Survey Research and Sampling
107
5Data Collection Techniques
145
6Experimental Research
189
7Qualitative Research Methods
207
8Historical Research
245
9Analysis of Data
261
10Writing the Research Proposal
289
11Writing the Research Report
309
References
323
Author Index
355
Subject Index
359
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About the author (2010)

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, is senior research scientist at OCLC Research. Her research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and JISC in the United Kingdom.

Ronald R. Powell, PhD, is professor emeritus of the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

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