Jan 2013 | 384pp
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PART 1: STARTING THE RESEARCH PROCESS 1. Major research paradigms Reviewing literature 3. Defining the research 4. The research proposal 5. Sampling 6. Research Data Management 7. Ethics in research PART 2: RESEARCH METHODS 8. Case studies 9. Surveys 10. Experimental research 11. Usability testing 12. Ethnography 13. Delphi study 14. Action research 15. Historical research 16. Grounded theory: method or analysis? PART 3: DATA COLLECTION TECHNIQUES 17. Interviews 18. Questionnaires 19. Observation 20. Diaries 21. Focus groups 22. Analysis of existing, externally created material PART 4: DATA ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH PRESENTATION 23. Qualitative analysis 24. Quantitative analysis 25. Presenting the research PART 5: GLOSSARY AND REFERENCE
"This reference guide outlines the research process for students and practitioners in information studies, communications, records management, knowledge management, and related disciplines. It covers the three major research paradigms in information science, then reviewing the literature, defining the research, the proposal, sampling, ethics, research methods, the type of question the methods can be used for, and how to design it, including case studies, surveys, experimental research, Delphi studies, action research, historical research, and grounded theory. It also details data collection techniques (interviews, questionnaires, observation, diaries, and focus groups), and qualitative and quantitative data analysis and research presentation. The philosophy and theory behind the research is included only for context; emphasis is on the research process itself. This edition adds two chapters by guest authors on data research management and the analysis of existing documents. The chapters on usability testing and ethnography have been expanded to include ethnography and other material."
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