Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science

ISBN-10: 1591585031

ISBN-13: 9781591585039

Edition: 2009

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 5/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 421
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

BARBARA M. WILDEMUTH is the Frances Carroll McColl Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to her 15+ year career at UNC, she was the associate director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Using Research Results to Improve Practice in the Information Professions
The Questions Asked
Developing a Research Question
Questions Originating in Library and Information Practice
Descriptions of Phenomena or Settings
Testing Hypotheses
Questions Related to Theory
Research Designs and Sampling
Case Studies
Naturalistic Research
Longitudinal Studies
Delphi Studies
Quasi-experimental Studies
Experimental Studies
Sampling for Extensive Studies
Sampling for Intensive Studies
Studying Special Populations
Methods for Data Collection
Historical Research
Existing Documents and Artifacts as Data
Transaction Logs
Think-aloud Protocols
Direct Observation
Participant Observation
Research Diaries
Unstructured Interviews
Semistructured Interviews
Focus Groups
Survey Research
Measuring Cognitive and Affective Variables
Developing New Measures
Methods for Data Analysis
Content Analysis
Qualitative Analysis of Content
Discourse Analysis
Analytic Induction
Descriptive Statistics
Frequencies, Cross-tabulation, and the Chi-square Statistic
Analyzing Sequences of Events
Correlation
Comparing Means: t Tests and Analysis of Variance
Conclusion
Putting It All Together
Index of Authors of Examples Discussed
Subject Index
About the Contributors
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