Research Methods in Information

Research Methods in Information

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The long-awaited 2nd edition of this best-selling research methods handbook is fully updated and includes brand new coverage of online research methods and techniques, mixed methodology and qualitative analysis.

This edition includes two new contributed chapters: Professor Julie McLeod, Sue Childs and Elizabeth Lomas focus on research data management, applying evidence from the recent JISC funded `DATUM' project; Dr Andrew Shenton examines strategies for analysing existing documents.

The first to focus entirely on the needs of the information and communications community, this handbook guides the would-be researcher through the variety of possibilities open to them under the heading `research' and provides students with the confidence to embark on their dissertations. The focus here is on the `doing' and although the philosophy and theory of research is explored to provide context, this is essentially a practical exploration of the whole research process with each chapter fully supported by examples and exercises tried and tested over a whole teaching career.

Readership: Students of information and communications studies and archives and records management, and practitioners beginning a piece of research.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 21mm | 355.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1856048136
  • 9781856048132
  • 87,952

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"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 netnography and other material." -- Reference and Research Book News
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About Alison Jane Pickard

Dr Alison Jane Pickard is Head of Information and Communication Management and Director of Quality and Student Experience in the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Northumbria, where she is also Programme Leader for the new Professional Doctorate in Information Sciences. She teaches Research Methods in Information and Communication Management, Information Sciences, as well as other subject areas, and has project managed a number of JISC and AHRB research projects.
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Table of contents

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
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