Library Trends 55 (1) Summer 2006: Research Methods

 

Library Trends 55 (1) Summer 2006: Research Methods. Edited by Lynda M. Baker.

For this volume of Library Trends, each author was invited to describe a particular research method and include examples of its use in LIS studies. Articles in this issue are arranged alphabetically by research method and include case study, content analysis, critical incident, discourse analysis, ethnography, evaluation research, life history, longitudinal design, meta-analysis, observation, observation of babies and toddlers, and systematic reviews.


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  • Zach, Lisl (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    The case study method, and in particular the multiple–case studies design, offers LIS researchers a proven tool for achieving a deep understanding of a specific phenomenon—-for example, the information- seeking behavior ...

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  • Williamson, Kirsty (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    This article discusses the undertaking of research using a constructivist philosophical framework and ethnographic techniques, which can include individual interviews, focus groups, observation, and questionnaires. It ...

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  • White, Marilyn Domas; Marsh, Emily E. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    Content analysis is a highly flexible research method that has been widely used in library and information science (LIS) studies with varying research goals and objectives. The research method is applied in qualitative, ...

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  • Saxton, Matthew L. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    Meta-analysis is a method for summarizing statistical findings across multiple research studies. It is a useful method for assessing the level of agreement or disagreement surrounding a given research question. The ...

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  • Radford, Marie L. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    This article describes Flanagan’s Critical Incident Technique (CIT) for those seeking guidance in its application. Examples in the library and information science (LIS) field are discussed, including an in-depth example ...

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