Basic Research Methods For Librarians Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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Overview

Most library post-graduate programs teach research methods using generic research methods textbooks. However, this ground-breaking textbook covers the basic research methodologies likely to be used by librarians with an orientation to library issues. It also includes basic instructions on writing the research proposal and the research report.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591581123
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

RONALD R. POWELL is a professor in the Library and Information Science Program at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Prior to becoming a library and information science educator he served as a university librarian and college library director. Dr. Powell has taught, conducted research, and published in the areas of research methods, collection development, bibliographic instruction, academic libraries, the measurement and evaluation of library resources and services, and education for librarianship. His other books include Basic Reference Sources (with Margaret Taylor), Qualitative Research in Information Management (with Jack Glazier), and The Next Library Leadership (with Peter Hernon and Arthur Young).

LYNN SILIPIGNI CONNAWAY is a Consulting Research Scientist at the OCLC Office of Research. Her current research projects include the identification and comparison of circulation and interlibrary loan patterns and library collections and WorldCat data mining to facilitate library decision making. Dr. Connaway is the co-investigator on an IMLS-funded project to investigate the information-seeking behaviors of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from forty-four central Ohio colleges and universities. She was formerly the vice president of Research and Library Systems at netLibrary, a Division of OCLC; served as the director of the Library and Information Services Department at the University of Denver, and was on the on the faculty of the School of Library and Informational Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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Table of Contents

1 Research and librarianship 1
2 Developing the research study 17
3 Selecting the research method 53
4 Survey research and sampling 83
5 Data collection techniques 123
6 Experimental research 165
7 Qualitative research methods 185
8 Historical research 211
9 Analysis of data 227
10 Writing the research proposal 251
11 Writing the research report 269
App. A Domain assumptions of research 281
App. B How to get published in LIS journals : a practical guide 299
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