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For many practitioners, best practices are often developed through significant amounts of direct experience. However, they can also be developed through the examination and application of research findings. By critically assessing existing studies within library and information science, both aspiring and experienced professionals can acquire a deeper understanding of avail For many practitioners, best practices are often developed through significant amounts of direct experience. However, they can also be developed through the examination and application of research findings. By critically assessing existing studies within library and information science, both aspiring and experienced professionals can acquire a deeper understanding of available methods, as well as design more effective studies. In what is surely the first of its kind for librarians, Barbara Wildemuth has created a book that mirrors the process of conducting a research study; at the same time, she exposes the reader to a wealth of competing and complementary techniques. Each chapter introduces a particular research method, points out its relative strengths and weaknesses, and provides a critique of two or more exemplary studies. An invaluable guide for librarians, educators and students alike. Section One considers those research questions most often asked in the field of information and library science, and explains how they can arise from practice and direct observation or from existing theories. Section Two covers a variety of research designs, as well as the sampling issues associated with those designs: case studies, naturalistic research, longitudinal studies, Delphi studies, and quasi-experimental and experimental designs. Section Three moves on to methods for collecting data: surveys, various types of interviews, historical and documentary studies, transaction log analysis, diaries, and participant observation. It concludes with a chapter discussing the ways in which any of these methods might be combined for use in a particular study.


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For many practitioners, best practices are often developed through significant amounts of direct experience. However, they can also be developed through the examination and application of research findings. By critically assessing existing studies within library and information science, both aspiring and experienced professionals can acquire a deeper understanding of avail For many practitioners, best practices are often developed through significant amounts of direct experience. However, they can also be developed through the examination and application of research findings. By critically assessing existing studies within library and information science, both aspiring and experienced professionals can acquire a deeper understanding of available methods, as well as design more effective studies. In what is surely the first of its kind for librarians, Barbara Wildemuth has created a book that mirrors the process of conducting a research study; at the same time, she exposes the reader to a wealth of competing and complementary techniques. Each chapter introduces a particular research method, points out its relative strengths and weaknesses, and provides a critique of two or more exemplary studies. An invaluable guide for librarians, educators and students alike. Section One considers those research questions most often asked in the field of information and library science, and explains how they can arise from practice and direct observation or from existing theories. Section Two covers a variety of research designs, as well as the sampling issues associated with those designs: case studies, naturalistic research, longitudinal studies, Delphi studies, and quasi-experimental and experimental designs. Section Three moves on to methods for collecting data: surveys, various types of interviews, historical and documentary studies, transaction log analysis, diaries, and participant observation. It concludes with a chapter discussing the ways in which any of these methods might be combined for use in a particular study.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    oh, internet - you think i won't notice when you delete my pictures?? for shame! it's all fixed now! a much-belated book challenge!! i am sorry it took me so long to do this, but i was soooo bored with the book i never even finished reading it and then all these other things got in the way, but once i actually sat down with it, it was not so bad at all! i just hope it was worth waiting for. please say it is! review-challenge issued by bird brian: 1) describe a plausible way this book could directly oh, internet - you think i won't notice when you delete my pictures?? for shame! it's all fixed now! a much-belated book challenge!! i am sorry it took me so long to do this, but i was soooo bored with the book i never even finished reading it and then all these other things got in the way, but once i actually sat down with it, it was not so bad at all! i just hope it was worth waiting for. please say it is! review-challenge issued by bird brian: 1) describe a plausible way this book could directly help Alfonso get in on some female skinny dipping (because I hook up my single friends) alfonso will need to refer to page 16: making your project happen. 1)alfonso will need to narrow down the sample size. his criteria are his own: age, height weight, cup size, but i would make one suggestion: that she should be able to swim. safety first! 2) consider the equipment and other material resources. i know alfonso considers his own equipment with alarming regularity, but perhaps he could broaden his research to better ensure that the other resources are taken into account. how big is this body of water? how many skinny dippers will comfortably fit? will there be refreshments? what season will this take place in? will it be indoors or outdoors? what other incentives will be offered? will it be televised? 3) political support. well, i assume people like tucker max, joe francis, and hunter moore would finance this endeavor, but what about michael moore? what kind of funding will be necessary to get this project off the ground? he may also learn from page 225: conducting an unstructured interview, which practically reads like a page from the game... 2) if a film version of this book were to come out, tell us who you think should be cast in the lead role, and why. (if they can do it for Facebook, they can do it for anything) well, i have anagrammed the author's name: barbara m. wildemuth, and have come up with the name brad w. thermalbimu. should he not be available, any old brad will do: pitt, dourif, garrett... as long as they look really really bored throughout. 3) tell me how the world would be different if this book were suddenly delivered into the hands of Charlemaigne, King of the Franks (800 AD), and he were to divine its secrets? there are several ways this could go. he could be bored to fucking death: and would never have been able to summon the energy and gumption necessary to go anywhere or do anything. or he could harness its powers of boredom to be used against his foes and could have ruled the entire world forever. or! he could have read all the chapter-opening quotes from people like edward tufte and paul valery with their birth-and-death dates and he could have become so addled by these people from the future he could have gone quite mad, and not been able to do quite so much conquering. or! he could critically assess existing studies within library and information science and acquire a deeper understanding of available methods, and design more effective studies. you know, for conquests. and nerdiness. 4) describe what the sexiest thing about this book is, and why it turns you on! (we want lurid details!!!!) well, susie cobbledick has a pretty hot mention in here, when she "investigated the information seeking behaviors of artists by interviewing four of them about their information needs and the sources they used to address those needs." OH, I BET SHE DID!!! that made me really hot because chicks dig artists. and cobbledick sounds like a gentleman whose penis is made of cobbler, and i loooove cobbler.with ice cream. RAWR! but also - this book lends itself to dirty mad libs! "most often, the people in a ______ have not been the focus of a ____ before. thus they will be unfamiliar with the ___ and the implications of ____. therefore it's important that you be particularly concerned with the ____ treatment of your potential ____. make sure that they understand that their ____ is completely voluntary. make sure that they understand the ___ before they are asked to____ to their____. make sure that you have procedures in place to adequately protect their ____. (through ____ your___ or through strict ____). if you've taken these precautions in ____ your ___, then you can proceed with the ____. for some ___, you will be recruiting ____ via letter or e-mail. in other ___, recruitment will be through direct ___ with the potential ___. in either case, you should be aware of how you might be ___ by the potential ___. in many cases, you will be an ___ (i.e., not a member of the ___) you may differ from your ___ in some obvious and not-so-obvious ways. because of these differences, you will need to ___ your ___ materials (and other___) with members of the population of interest to ensure that they will be ___. for example, if you are asking a young child to ___, including the places he or she is most likely to ___, you will need to make sure the instructions are expressed in a style that can be ___ by the young child. in summary, when working with ___, you need to pay special attention to every __ of the ___ of your___. ___ issues have been discussed here, but you will also need to take into account the ___ of your ___ as you design your ___, and the ___ you'll use to ____. with ___, it's particularly important to ___ the ___ and ___ with members___ before carrying out your ___." HOT! mad libs make me hot!! it made childhood sleepovers awkward! 5) List three things less funny than this book. 1) corpse desecration 2) a single toenail 3) portlandia. oohhhhh BUUURRN! TAKE THAT, ARMISEN! 6) If you were in charge of an advertising campaign to make this book the hippest new fad, describe what your marketing strategy would be. first, i would have to do some research into what the kids like these days. is it still menudo and slap bracelets?? i would then have to determine whether the "hippest new fad" means populist or cult. if cult, i would just get mfso and other closet hipsters to nurture it in their bosoms, claim it, and whisper about it on all the cool networking forums (no, i don't know what these would be, i am not cool) and when step two: "populist insanity" takes over, they can coolly dismiss is at "soooo last week" and move on to something else. perhaps the resurgence of menudo and slap bracelets. to get the hipster market outside of this site, i would have to backtrack. this is no dog-eared copy of on the road or siddhartha that can be folded in half and tucked into the back of a pair of overtight drainpipe jeans. the portability of this book is going to be a problem: how to best be seen with this book at happenings? how to best use this book as a prop? so i would have to start with fashion. i would have to redesign the hipster dress code and then get a project runway favorite like uli or mondo or anya to promote the idea of a papoose as the next pashmina. to get that populist vote, i could publish pictures of a cat on top of the book! awwww! or write a shitty review of it with eye-catching pictures and heartily empty praise to attract the mouth-breathers of dick-suckery! and to get those kids on board, an acronym! you know how kids love acronyms! it would have to be something easy to remember and text, something like: AOSRMTQIIALS!! and then it would have to fall from grace! it would have to have an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction or be caught out in public with a scandalous partner... and the rest is in the hands of the internet. internet, don't fail me now! 7) Write a haiku about social research methods in library science (but those exact words need not appear in the haiku) in a darkened world how can a lonely answer attract its question? 8) Tell us which song by the Beatles best represents the spirit of this book, and why. (on the outrageous chance that you don't know any Beatles songs, I will also accept songs by Soundgarden) norwegian wood. because it is another book that i did not really enjoy.because it is boring. 9) A religious cult has formed around library science. You are an investigative reporter posing as one of the new inductees. They take you to their compound... what do you think you will see? well, they would have one of these: bunches of these: and these: with the outside made of these: and these: and these: bathrooms would look like these: the streets would be paved thusly: all "art" would have to look like this: and during holiday, one of these: and, oh yeah, plenty of these: and i would join that cult. 10) out of all the scenes in all the Star Wars movies, which scene do you think would be most suitable to conspicuously feature this book, for the purposes of shameless product placement? i would make it spill out of the tauntaun. because this book stinks. which i think is cuter than this: If you fulfill these tasks, you will instantly become a legend, and your review will automatically become AWESOME!!!! am i awesome yet? come to my blog!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Very helpful for a master's level library science course. Very helpful for a master's level library science course.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Stuart

    Very helpful for developing a case study methodology for my LIS master's thesis. Great reference book for LIS research methodologies Very helpful for developing a case study methodology for my LIS master's thesis. Great reference book for LIS research methodologies

  4. 4 out of 5

    Temi

    cool.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Fasching-Gray

    Clearly explains a wide variety of methods and offers fascinating examples from LIS literature.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Mester

    Actually pretty informative, all boring evidence to the contrary.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erik_The_Red

  8. 5 out of 5

    Darren

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alekz

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    Auggie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Watiti

    My required book for lis 621

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    Marissa

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    Greg

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    Louise

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    Kristin

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    Andrew Pierce

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    Nicole

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    kianna mcbride

  21. 5 out of 5

    May

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    Krys

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    Megan

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    Mikaela

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    Sharon

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    EJ

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    Aaron Green

  29. 5 out of 5

    Halsted Bernard

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dina Schuldner

    Not five stars because it doesn't discuss bibliometric research in detail. Not five stars because it doesn't discuss bibliometric research in detail.

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