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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LIS 505: Research Methods for Library & Information Studies

LIS 505 Outline

LIS 505: Research Methods for Library & Information Studies

Introduction to qualitative, quantitative and textual research approaches relevant to the field of library and information studies. Includes theoretical discussion of issues and the application of research design principles through the development of a research project proposal. Required course.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the importance of research in library and information studies;
  • Critically evaluate literature in library and information studies;
  • Develop research questions about the theory and practice of library and information studies;
  • Compare and select methods for answering research questions;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the research process by preparing a research proposal to study a user-centered problem in library and information studies.
  • Identify the range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research used in library and information;
A combination of lectures, readings, discussions, computer demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and presentations will be used throughout the course. Where possible, guest lectures and / or special presentations will also be included.

LIS 501 is a prerequisite for this course. LIS 505 is a prerequisite to LIS 597, LIS 599 and THES 900.

A Note on Texts
Material on research methods is covered in many texts and you should use any books available to you that suit your purposes. Note that you may need to go beyond the suggested readings to complete assignments and you should expect to read significantly more from other sources about the method(s) that is / are relevant to your research proposal development assignment.

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