Practical Research Methods for Librarians and Information Professionals

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-28
  • Publisher: Neal Schuman Pub

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Author Biography

Kate Manuel was Instruction Coordinator at New Mexico State University Library and before that as Physical Sciences Librarian at California State University.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
Perface xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
The Benefits of Researchp. 1
Why Research Mattersp. 1
Using This Bookp. 7
Referencesp. 13
The Research Processp. 15
Finding a Topicp. 17
Formulating Questionsp. 22
Defining the Populationp. 23
Selecting a Research Designp. 24
Gathering Datap. 29
Interpreting the Evidencep. 31
Telling the Storyp. 32
Referencesp. 33
Content Analysisp. 35
Finding a Topicp. 38
Formulating Questionsp. 45
Defining the Populationp. 46
Selection a Research Designp. 50
Gathering Datap. 56
Interpreting the Evidencep. 60
Telling the Storyp. 63
Referencesp. 64
Interviews and Focus Groupsp. 67
Finding a Topicp. 76
Formulating Questionsp. 82
Defining the Populationp. 83
Selecting a Research Designp. 88
Gathering Datap. 93
Interpreting the Evidencep. 98
Telling the Storyp. 103
Referencesp. 105
Observation and Usabilityp. 109
Finiding a Topicp. 111
Formulating Questionsp. 117
Defining the Populationp. 119
Selecting a Research Designp. 121
Gathering Datap. 124
Interpreting the Evidencep. 126
Telling the Storyp. 127
Referencesp. 128
Experimental Researchp. 131
Finding a Topicp. 132
Formulating Questionsp. 136
Defining the Populationp. 138
Selecting a Research Designp. 144
Gathering Datap. 152
Interpreting the Evidencep. 156
Telling the storyp. 160
Referencesp. 163
Bibliometricsp. 165
Finding a Topicp. 167
Formulating Questionsp. 171
Defining the Populationp. 173
Selecting a Research Designp. 176
Gathering Datap. 181
Interpreting the Evidencep. 183
Telling the Storyp. 190
Referencesp. 193
Action Researchp. 195
Finding a Topicp. 199
Defining the Populationp. 202
Formulating Questionsp. 205
Selecting a Research Designp. 207
Gathering Datap. 210
Interpreting the Evidencep. 211
Telling the Storyp. 211
Referencesp. 213
Classroom Researchp. 215
Finding a Topicp. 217
Formulating Questionsp. 220
Defining the Populationp. 223
Selecting a Research Designp. 224
Gathering Datap. 228
Interpreting the Evidencep. 229
Telling the Storyp. 232
Referencesp. 234
Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Researchp. 237
Asking the Wrong Questionsp. 238
Gathering Data in the Wrong Contextp. 241
Using Unrepresentative Samples of Not Recognizing Response Biasp. 242
Seeing What You Want to Seep. 243
Heisenberg's Uncertainty principlep. 245
Presenting Numbers without Addressing Their Significancep. 246
Jumping to Conclusionsp. 247
Legal and Ethical Guidelines for Researchp. 250
Referencesp. 265
Synergies in Researchp. 267
Researching from your Jobp. 267
Conducting Meta-Analysesp. 273
Performing Secondary Researchp. 275
Referencesp. 278
Indexp. 281
About the Authorsp. 309
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