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Title:Observation: A Complex Research Method
Author(s):Baker, Lynda M.
Subject(s):Research methods
Observation
Abstract:As an ethnographic research method, observation has a long history. The value of observation is that it permits researchers to study people in their native environment in order to understand “things” from their perspective. Observation requires the researcher to spend considerable time in the field with the possibility of adopting various roles in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the people being studied. A variety of techniques are used to collect data. Gaining access to the group and leaving the field are two important factors that need consideration. Other areas of concern involve ethical problems, as well as validity and reliability issues. Until recently, few library and information science (LIS) studies have included this method; however, observation is gaining favor as LIS researchers seek to understand better the role of information in people’s everyday lives.
Issue Date:2006
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 55 (1) Summer 2006: 171–189.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3659
ISSN:0024-2594
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2006 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-02-21


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