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Research Methods in Library and Information Science, 6th Edition

by Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Marie L. Radford


This book's up-to-date coverage of the principles, data collection techniques, analyses of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as the advantages and limitations of each method provide a broad introduction to research design.

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November 2016

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Pages 478
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Research Methods, Statistics, and Data/Research Methods
  Research Methods, Statistics, and Data/General
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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.

Conducting research and successfully publishing the findings is a goal of many professionals and students in library and information science (LIS). Using the best methodology maximizes the likelihood of a successful outcome. This outstanding book broadly covers the principles, data collection techniques, and analyses of quantitative and qualitative methods as well as the advantages and limitations of each method to research design. It addresses these research methods and design by discussing the scientific method, sampling techniques, validity, reliability, and ethical concerns along with additional topics such as experimental research design, ethnographic methods, and usability testing.

The book presents comprehensive information in a logical, easy-to-follow format, covering topics such as research strategies for library and information science doctoral students; planning for research; defining the problem, forming a theory, and testing the theory; the scientific method of inquiry and data collection techniques; survey research methods and questionnaires; analyzing quantitative data; interview-based research; writing research proposals; and even time management skills. LIS students and professionals can consult the text for instruction on conducting research using this array of tools as well as for guidance in critically reading and evaluating research publications, proposals, and reports.

The explanations and current research examples supplied by discipline experts offer advice and strategies for completing research projects, dissertations, and theses as well as for writing grants, overcoming writer's block, collaborating with colleagues, and working with outside consultants. The answer to nearly any question posed by novice researchers is provided in this book.


  • 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
Author Info

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, is a senior research scientist at OCLC Research where she leads user studies and the digital visitors and residents project. She was chair of the ALA ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee and is an international and national speaker on how individuals get their information and engage with technology as well as on the assessment and development of user-centered library services. Connaway held the Chair of Excellence position at the Departmento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; was a visiting researcher in the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield; and was a visiting scholar at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has received research funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the United States and from Jisc and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK. Connaway is the coauthor of the fourth and fifth editions of Basic Research Methods for Librarians and has authored numerous other publications.

Marie L. Radford, PhD, MSLIS, is professor in the Department of Information and Library Studies and director of the PhD Program at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, New Brunswick, NJ. Previously, she was acting dean of Pratt Institute's School of Information and Library Science and a department head of the Cheng Library at The William Paterson University, NJ. Radford earned her doctorate from Rutgers University and her Master's of Science in Library and Information Science degree from Syracuse University. She gives frequent keynote speeches, webinars, and research papers at national library and communication conferences and publishes widely in prestigious library journals. Her published work includes Leading the Reference Renaissance and Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends. She received the 2010 ALA/RUSA Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for distinguished contributions to reference service.

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