Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science, 2nd Edition

Author: Barbara M. Wildemuth

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440839050

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 433

View: 1306

The second edition of this innovative textbook illustrates research methods for library and information science, describing the most appropriate approaches to a question—and showing you what makes research successful. • Provides comprehensive coverage of research methods used in library and information science, discussing their strengths, weaknesses, and biases • Presents completely updated content that includes several new chapters on innovative methods (mixed methods research and social network analysis) and more than half of the methods chapters focus on critiquing new research studies • Covers both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as mixed methods • Analyzes examples of award-winning library research
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Research Methods for Librarians and Educators: Practical Applications in Formal and Informal Learning Environments

Author: Ruth V. Small Ph.D.,Marcia A. Mardis Associate Professor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440849633

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 310

View: 785

Using an innovative, real-world approach that makes the research problem and method relevant and valuable to the reader, this book provides a broad overview of research methods used in library and information studies and associated fields. • Explains the complex topic of research methodology and statistics in simple, straightforward language • Provides examples that help clarify key concepts and points and answer potential questions • Supplies guidance with practical applications, allowing readers to see how research methods may be applied to specific situations
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Basic Research Methods for Librarians

Author: Lynn Silipigni Connaway,Ronald R. Powell

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1591588634

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 370

View: 3896

Thoroughly updated, this book introduces the major issues involved in designing and conducting original research relevant to the fields of library and information science. * Library and information science examples to explain research methodologies and techniques * Explanations and examples of sampling procedures * A table for determining sample sizes and a random number table * Notes at the end of each chapter, plus a list of more than 400 research-related references at the end of the book
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Research Methods in Library and Information Science, 6th Edition

Author: Lynn Silipigni Connaway,Marie L. Radford

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440834792

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 478

View: 9008

An essential resource for LIS master's and doctoral students, new LIS faculty, and academic librarians, this book provides expert guidance and practical examples based on current research about quantitative and qualitative research methods and design. • Now in its sixth edition, the book provides new and updated content that is even more comprehensive than before and contains added sections featuring the voices of prominent LIS scholars, researchers, and editors • "Voices of the Experts" text boxes provide researchers' advice on specific methods and identify what was most important or most valuable about using a particular method and software for analysis—e.g., NVivo, SurveyMonkey, and log capture • Written by coauthors with extensive expertise in research design, securing grant funding, and using the latest technology and data analysis software
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Collection Management Basics

Author: G. Edward Evans,Margaret Zarnosky Saponaro

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598848631

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 343

View: 8738

Now thoroughly revised for today's 21st-century library environment, this title provides a complete update of the classic Developing Library and Information Center Collections—the standard text and authority on collection development for all types of libraries and library school students since 1979.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Burning Books and Leveling Libraries

Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction

Author: Rebecca Knuth

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275990077

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 233

View: 9566

In her previous book Libricide, Knuth focused on book destruction by authoritarian regimes: Nazis, Serbs in Bosnia, Iraqis in Kuwait, Maoists during the Cultural Revolution in China, and the Chinese Communists in Tibet. But authoritarian governments are not the only perpetrators. Extremists of all stripes--through terrorism, war, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and other forms of mass violence--are also responsible for widespread cultural destruction, as she demonstrates in this new book. Whether the product of passion or of a cool-headed decision to use ideas to rationalize excess, the decimation of the world's libraries has occurred throughout the 20th century, and there is no end in sight. Cultural destruction is, therefore, of increasing concern to the library community, educators, human rights and civil rights activists, and caring citizens.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Developing Effective Research Proposals

Author: Keith F Punch

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473966272

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 5951

Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy This is your step-by-step guide to success with your research proposal. This new edition covers every section of the proposal, telling you all you need to know on how to structure it, bring rigour to your methods section, impress your readers and get your proposal accepted. With practical tips and advice throughout, new features include: Comprehensive explanation of method and methodology, and how to maximize this crucial section of your proposal A new section on mixed methods: an increasingly common approach in research A new chapter on how to get it right with ethics Fresh exercises and activities, now for each key chapter. The Third Edition provides an authoritative and accessible guide for anyone tackling a research proposal. It is perfect for students in education, nursing, health, and across the social sciences.
Posted in Social Science

How to Teach

A Practical Guide for Librarians

Author: Beverley E. Crane

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810891069

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

View: 3622

Designed for any librarian who needs to teach either one person at a time or an entire class, How to Teach: A Practical Guide for Librarians is a standalone guide to becoming proficient in teaching users how to access, evaluate and use information. This book is designed for all librarians and library staff who teach as part of their role and is useful to library school students new to teaching.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Improving Survey Questions

Design and Evaluation

Author: Floyd J. Fowler

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803945838

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

View: 9008

What is a good question? Although there are several potential sources for error in survey data, the validity of surveys is dependent upon the design of the question asked. This invaluable book shows how to word and format questions that will evoke the kind of answers for which they are designed and how to evaluate empirically survey questions. In addition, the book covers how to write good questions aimed at collecting information about objective facts and events, measuring subjective phenomena, some alternative methods for attacking common measurement problems, how to evaluate the extent to which questions are consistently understood and administered, and how to evaluate the data resulting from a set of questions.
Posted in Social Science

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Social Capital

Author: Yaojun Li

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 0857935852

Category: Social Science

Page: 424

View: 2565

Social capital is fundamentally concerned with resources in social relations. This Handbook brings together leading scholars from around the world to address important questions on the determinants, manifestations and consequences of social capital. Vario
Posted in Social Science

Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications

Author: Kathrynn A. Adams,Eva K. Lawrence

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506350461

Category: Social Science

Page: 672

View: 2772

This updated Second Edition of Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications consistently integrates methods and statistics to prepare students for both graduate work and critical analysis of research as professionals and informed citizens. Maintaining the conversational writing style, multiple examples, and hands-on applications of key concepts that made the first edition so accessible, Kathrynn A. Adams and Eva K. Lawrence enhance the new edition with additional coverage of online data collection, inferential statistics, and regression and ANOVA, as well as a wide range of diverse examples. In every chapter, the authors develop and apply research topics and examples from the current research literature across all aspects of the research process. New to this Edition New diverse examples from current research literature in criminal justice, politics, education, and counseling expose students to different research designs in the social sciences and demonstrate commonalities. New chapter-ending The Big Picture sections with appropriate charts and tables encourage students to consider decisions about specific statistical analyses. Two separate chapters (Inferential Statistics and Comparing Your Sample to a Known or Expected Score) now allow instructors to focus on the theoretical concepts associated with inferential statistics before introducing each specific inferential statistic to enhance student understanding. Expanded coverage of inferential statistics includes more discussion of APA guidelines for appropriate statistics and more focus on effect sizes and confidence intervals. New consistent headings make it easy for students to quickly locate information and for instructors to identify sections they may wish to focus on, skip, or present in a different order.
Posted in Social Science

I, Digital

Personal Collections in the Digital Era

Author: Christopher A. Lee

Publisher: Amer Library Assn

ISBN: 9780838911556

Category: Computers

Page: 379

View: 3091

"When it comes to personal collections, we live in exciting times. Individuals are living their lives in ways that are increasingly mediated by digital technologies...Although this mediation presents many technical challenges for long-term preservation, it also provides unprecedented opportunities for documenting the lives of individuals. Ten authors...share their expertise on the various aspects of the management of digital information in I, digital ..."--Page 4 de la couverture.
Posted in Computers

Social Research Methods by Example

Applications in the Modern World

Author: Yasemin Besen-Cassino,Dan Cassino

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351816659

Category: Social Science

Page: 420

View: 8671

Social Research Methods by Example shows students how researchers carry out work on the cutting edge of social science. The authors illustrate every point through engaging, thought-provoking examples from real research. The language is jargon-free, making research methods less intimidating and more relatable. The text is divided into three major sections, the first of which introduces students to the principles of research through examples from various fields. The second section walks students through the major types of social science research, with each chapter focusing on a different technique. The third section shows students how to carry out basic quantitative data analysis in SPSS. The final chapter shows how technological advances have changed the way researchers are working, and looks at the direction of social science research in the future. Social Research Methods by Example not only introduces students to the principles of social science research, but gives them a toolbox to carry out their own. By the time they are finished with the book, students will be conversant with many of the most important studies in the history of social science. They will understand not only how to conduct research, but also how the field has evolved over time.
Posted in Social Science

Research Methods

Information, Systems, and Contexts

Author: Kirsty Williamson,Graeme Johanson

Publisher: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 0081022212

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 622

View: 4859

Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts, Second Edition, presents up-to-date guidance on how to teach research methods to graduate students and professionals working in information management, information science, librarianship, archives, and records and information systems. It provides a coherent and precise account of current research themes and structures, giving students guidance, appreciation of the scope of research paradigms, and the consequences of specific courses of action. Each of these valuable sections will help users determine the relevance of particular approaches to their own questions. The book presents academics who teach research and information professionals who carry out research with new resources and guidance on lesser-known research paradigms. Provides up-to-date knowledge of research methods and their applications Provides a coherent and precise account of current research themes and structures through chapters written by authors who are experts in their fields Helps students and researchers understand the range of quantitative and qualitative approaches available for research, as well as how to make practical use of them Provides many illustrations from projects in which authors have been involved, to enhance understanding Emphasises the nexus between formulation of research question and choice of research methodology Enables new researchers to understand the implications of their planning decisions
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science

Author: Hans Keman,Jaap J. Woldendorp

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1784710822

Category: Political Science

Page: 576

View: 3010

This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art research methods and applications currently in use in political science. It combines theory and methodology (qualitative and quantitative), and offers insights into the major approaches and their roots in the philosophy of scientific knowledge. Including a comprehensive discussion of the relevance of a host of digital data sources, plus the dos and don’ts of data collection in general, the book also explains how to use diverse research tools and highlights when and how to apply these techniques.
Posted in Political Science

Survey Research Methods

Author: Floyd J Fowler, Jr

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483323595

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

View: 5631

The Fifth Edition of Floyd J. Fowler Jr.’s bestselling Survey Research Methods presents the very latest methodological knowledge on surveys. Offering a sound basis for evaluating how each aspect of a survey can affect its precision, accuracy, and credibility, the book guides readers through each step of the survey research process. This fully updated edition addresses the growth of the Internet for data collection and the subsequent rapid expansion of online survey usage, the precipitous drop in response rates for telephone surveys, the continued improvement in techniques for pre-survey evaluation of questions, and the growing role of individual cell phones in addition to—and often instead of—household landlines. Throughout the book, the author puts the profound changes taking place in the survey research world today into perspective, helping researchers learn how to best use new and traditional options for collecting data.
Posted in Social Science

The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods

Author: Pertti Alasuutari,Leonard Bickman,Julia Brannen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473971268

Category: Social Science

Page: 648

View: 3783

The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods is a must for every social-science researcher. It charts the new and evolving terrain of social research methodology, covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods in one volume. The Handbook includes chapters on each phase of the research process: research design, methods of data collection, and the processes of analyzing and interpreting data. The volume maintains that there is much more to research than learning skills and techniques; methodology involves the fit between theory, research questions research design and analysis. The book also includes several chapters that describe historical and current directions in social research, debating crucial subjects such as qualitative versus quantitative paradigms, how to judge the credibility of types of research, and the increasingly topical issue of research ethics. The Handbook serves as an invaluable resource for approaching research with an open mind. This volume maps the field of social research methods using an approach that will prove valuable for both students and researchers.
Posted in Social Science

Five Steps of Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation for Public Libraries

Author: Melissa Gross,Cindy Mediavilla,Virginia A. Walter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0838914160

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 120

View: 1154

Planning and assessment are both crucial elements of a public library that functions efficiently and flexibly. So why are they often treated as separate processes? This concise book combines planning and evaluation in a holistic approach, helping public library managers and staff put library resources to work for the community. Based on a series of successful workshops, the workflow presented by the authors is made up of manageable steps for integrating outcome-based planning and evaluation (OBPE) into the routine functions of the public library. Offering step by step guidance that’s transparent and easy to follow, this book introduces the concept of OBPE and explains how it can be a streamlined, effective method of getting library users’ feedback; defines “outcomes” and shows why public libraries should use them to plan and evaluate services;shares methodologies for assessing community needs and interests, including key informant interviews, surveys, focus groups, and environmental scans;demonstrates how to use community assessment data to create outcome statements that not only guide the creation of new library services, but also provide targets for measuring the effectiveness of those services;offers techniques for designing services that directly serve the community while also achieving the outcomes the library has targeted; andprovides tips for sharing the results with stakeholders and maximizing successful outcome-based programs to leverage the library’s role in the community.Featuring plentiful examples of how to proceed through each phase of the OBPE model, this book boils down planning and evaluation into an approachable, easy to understand process for public librarians, library managers, and grant writers.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Intensive Longitudinal Methods

An Introduction to Diary and Experience Sampling Research

Author: Niall Bolger,Jean-Philippe Laurenceau

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1462506925

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

View: 7739

This book offers a complete, practical guide to doing an intensive longitudinal study with individuals, dyads, or groups. It provides the tools for studying social, psychological, and physiological processes in everyday contexts, using methods such as diary and experience sampling. A range of engaging, worked-through research examples with datasets are featured. Coverage includes how to: select the best intensive longitudinal design for a particular research question, apply multilevel models to within-subject designs, model within-subject change processes for continuous and categorical outcomes, assess the reliability of within-subject changes, assure sufficient statistical power, and more. Several end-of-chapter write-ups illustrate effective ways to present study findings for publication. Datasets and output in SPSS, SAS, Mplus, HLM, MLwiN, and R for the examples are available on the companion website (www.intensivelongitudinal.com).
Posted in Psychology