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Practical research methods for librarians and information professionals

Author: Susan E Beck; Kate Manuel
Publisher: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, ©2008.
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Library and information professionals are increasingly called upon to justify budgets, services, programs sometimes even our very existence. This very practical and clear guide offers step-by-step guidance for using traditional research methods to help improve, validate, and ultimately advance the day-to-day work and purpose of libraries. Beck and Manuel's straight-forward and understandable approach shows how  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan E Beck; Kate Manuel
ISBN: 9781555705916 155570591X
OCLC Number: 153772668
Description: xv, 309 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: I. The Benefits of Research. 1. Why Research Matters ---
2. Using This Book ---
3. References ----
II. The Research Process. 1. Finding a Topic ---
2. Formulating Questions ---
3. Defining the Population ---
4. Selecting a Research Design ---
5. Gathering Data ---
6. Interpreting the Evidence ---
7. Telling the Story ---
8. References ----
III. Content Analysis. 1. Finding a Topic ---
2. Formulating Questions ---
3. Defining the Population ---
4. Selecting a Research Design ---
5. Gathering Data ---
6. Interpreting the Evidence ---
7. Telling the Story ---
8. References ----
IV. Interviews and Focus Groups. 1. Finding a Topic ---
2. Formulating Questions 3. Defining the Population ---
4. Selecting a Research Design ---
5. Gathering Data ---
6. Interpreting the Evidence ---
7. Telling the Story ---
8. References ----
V. Observation and Usability. 1. Finding a Topic ---
2. Formulating Questions ---
3. Defining the Population ---
4. Selecting a Research Design ---
5. Gathering Data Interpreting the Evidence ---
5. Telling the Story ---
6. References ----
VI. Experimental Research. 1. Finding a Topic ---
2. Formulating Questions ---
3. Defining the Population ---
4. Selecting a Research Design ---
5. Gathering Data ---
6. Interpreting the Evidence ---
7. Telling the Story ---
8. References ----
VII. Bibliometrics. 1. Finding a Topic ---
2. Formulating Questions ---
3. Defining the Population ---
4. Selecting a Research Design ---
5. Gathering Data ---
6. Interpreting the Evidence ---
7. Telling the Story ---
8. References ----
VIII. Action Research. 1. Finding a Topic ---
2. Defining the Population ---
3. Formulating Questions ---
4. Selecting a Research Design ---
5. Gathering Data ---
6. Interpreting the Evidence ---
7. Telling the Story ---
8. References ----
IX. Classroom Research. 1. Finding a Topic ---
2. Formulating Questions ---
3. Defining the Population ---
4. Selecting a Research Design ---
5. Gathering Data ---
6. Interpreting the Evidence ---
7. Telling the Story ---
8. References ----
X. Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Research. 1. Asking the Wrong Questions ---
2. Gathering Data in the Wrong Context ---
3. Using Unrepresentative Samples or Not Recognizing --
Response Bias ---
4. Seeing What You Want to See ---
5. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle ---
6. Presenting Numbers without Addressing Their Significance ---
7. Jumping to Conclusions ---
8. Legal and Ethical Guidelines for Research ---
9. References ----
XI. Synergies in Research. 1. Researching from Your Job ---
2. Conducting Meta-Analyses ---
3. Performing Secondary Research ---
4. References.
Responsibility: Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel.
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