Browse Library Trends 55 (1) Summer 2006: Research Methods by Title

  • White, Marilyn Domas; Marsh, Emily E. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    Content analysis is a highly flexible research method that has been widely used in library and information science (LIS) studies with varying research goals and objectives. The research method is applied in qualitative, ...
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  • Radford, Marie L. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    This article describes Flanagan’s Critical Incident Technique (CIT) for those seeking guidance in its application. Examples in the library and information science (LIS) field are discussed, including an in-depth example ...
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  • Budd, John M. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    A considerable portion of the work that is done in library and information science (LIS) can benefit from discourse analysis as a research method. The two major families of discourse analysis are linguistic- based ...
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  • Labaree, Robert V. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    Drawing on the author’s own research, this article explores the use of life histories as method and the ways in which this research can contribute to new understandings about the experiential relationships between ...
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  • Powell, Ronald R. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    Evaluation research can be defined as a type of study that uses standard social research methods for evaluative purposes, as a specific research methodology, and as an assessment process that employs special techniques ...
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  • Davis, Susan E. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    The term longitudinal design refers to a flexible research approach that can be applied to a wide range of topics involving change over time. Longitudinal refers to both the data collected and the methods of analysis ...
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  • Baker, Lynda M. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    For this volume of Library Trends, each author was invited to describe a particular research method and include examples of its use in LIS studies. Articles in this issue are arranged alphabetically by research method ...
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  • Baker, Lynda M. (editor) (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    In 1977 Dervin admonished the library and information science (LIS) professionals to stop measuring library activities and start looking at the people who use the library to determine how they use it, how they ...
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  • Saxton, Matthew L. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    Meta-analysis is a method for summarizing statistical findings across multiple research studies. It is a useful method for assessing the level of agreement or disagreement surrounding a given research question. The ...
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  • Baker, Lynda M. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    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. ...
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  • McKechnie, Lynne (E. F.) (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    Participant observation, unlike the more traditional approach of querying adults about children’s experiences, is identified as an appropriate and effective method for studying babies and toddlers in public library ...
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  • Williamson, Kirsty (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    This article discusses the undertaking of research using a constructivist philosophical framework and ethnographic techniques, which can include individual interviews, focus groups, observation, and questionnaires. It ...
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  • McKibbon, K. Ann (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    Systematic reviews are review articles that are completed using predefined methods to minimize bias inherent to observational studies. Systematic reviews are important to librarians because they integrate evidence across ...
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  • Zach, Lisl (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2006)
    The case study method, and in particular the multiple–case studies design, offers LIS researchers a proven tool for achieving a deep understanding of a specific phenomenon—-for example, the information- seeking behavior ...
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