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Title:Choosing research methodologies appropriate to your research focus
Author(s):Bradley, J.R.
Subject(s):Library science --Research
Abstract:This paper considers the generic activities involved in research and some issues that underlie whatever specific methodologies the investigator selects. A general definition of research (or empirical inquiry as it is generally termed in the paper), broad enough to encompass multiple research traditions and methodologies, is developed: systematic connection of observation of the empirical world with abstraction about the empirical world in ways that consciously seek to identify and control for bias and thus provide the most complete view that is relevant to the purposes and focus of the inquiry. Five activities necessary in the process of empirical inquiry are discussed: (a) finding a focus, (b) describing the problem to be investigated, (c) selecting the phenomena in the empirical world to observe, (d) observing the phenomena, and (e) analyzing and interpreting the observations. Each activity is described, major issues are considered, and, where appropriate, alternative approaches represented by deductive and inductive research traditions are presented.
Issue Date:1992
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In L.S. Estabrook (ed) Applying research to practice : how to use data collection and research to improve library management decision making (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute held October October 27-29, 1991): 97-116.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (33rd : 1991)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-04-15

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