Basic Research Methods for Librarians

ISBN-10: 1591581125
ISBN-13: 9781591581123
Edition: 4th 2004 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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 reports. _ _ _

Spencer C. Tucker is a professor of history and holds the John Biggs Chair of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute. A graduate of VMI, he served as a captain in Army Intelligence during 1965-1967. He lives in Lexington, VA.

Preface
Research and Librarianship
The Research Record
The Rationale for Basic Research in Library Science
The Future of Library Research
Developing the Research Study
Planning for Research
The Scientific Method of Inquiry
Identification of the Problem
The Role of Theory in the Design of Research
Formulating Hypotheses
Validity and Reliability
Summary
Selecting the Research Method
Applied Research
Qualitative Research
Specific Research Methods
The Ethics of Research
Summary
Survey Research and Sampling
Survey Research
Major Differences between Survey Research and Other Methods
Types of Survey Studies
Basic Purposes of Descriptive Surveys
Basic Steps of Survey Research: An Overview
Sampling
Types of Sampling Methods
Determining the Sample Size
Sampling Error
Nonsampling Error
Summary
Data Collection Techniques
The Questionnaire
Constructing the Questionnaire
Distribution of the Questionnaire
The Interview
Focus Group Interviews
Telephone Interviews
Observation
Summary
Experimental Research
Causality
Controlling the Variables
Internal Validity
External Validity
Experimental Designs
Summary
Qualitative Research Methods
Underlying Principles of Naturalistic Work
Ethical Concerns
Data Gathering Techniques
Data Analysis Tools and Methods
Developing Grounded Theory
Ensuring Integrity
Presentation of Findings
Summary
Historical Research
Nature and Value of Historical Research
Sources of Historical Information
Evaluation of Historical Sources
Basic Steps of Historical Research
Library History
Bibliographical Research
Problems in Historical Research
Summary
Analysis of Data
The Role of Statistics
Cautions in Using Statistics
Steps Involved in Statistical Analysis
Analyzing the Data-Descriptive Statistics
Analyzing the Data-Inferential Statistics
Cautions in Testing the Hypothesis
Computer-Aided Statistical Analysis
Analysis of Nonquantified Data
Summary
Writing the Research Proposal
Value of Research Proposals
Organization and Content of a Typical Proposal
Characteristics of a Good Proposal
Features That Detract from a Proposal
Obtaining Funding for LIS Research
Summary
Writing the Research Report
General Objectives of the Research Report
General Outline of the Research Report
Guidelines for Organizing and Presenting the Research Report
Evaluating the Research Report
Suggested Criteria for Judging a Research Report
Publishing Research Results
Summary
Domain Assumptions of Research
How to Get Published in LIS Journals: A Practical Guide
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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