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Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science Paperback – May 19, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591585031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591585039
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Aimed at social scientists and library science professionals, this guide to research methodologies evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each type of research design. Wildemuth (information and library science, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) reviews the most common research questions asked in the fields of library and information sciences and analyzes sampling issues from case studies, naturalistic research, longitudinal studies, Delphi studies and experimental designs. Data collection methods are also reviewed, including surveys, interviews, historical studies, transaction log analysis and participant observation."

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"This is a valuable addition to any professional or library science collection where a need exists for a basic yet thorough introduction to the area of research methods and methodology."

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"In this earnest, encyclopedic, energetic and easily accessible book, Barbara Wildemuth has produced a landmark text that will be of great use to information and library science master and doctoral students, as well as to professors and professionals in library and allied fields. . . . This book will easily achieve its stated goal of aiding its readers in designing and publishing research projects that will eventually improve professional practice."

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"Fills an important gap, connecting the dots between social science research methods and real-world applications in Library and Information Science research. It is very strongly recommended for use in graduate school Library and Information Science courses that teach research methods from the context of social science. This text serves as an excellent reference for any librarian who conducts research, for example, academic librarians who are faculty members."

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Book Description

A comprehensive guide to the many research methods available to those conducting evaluation and research studies in library and information science.


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Very helpful book! Easy to read and excellently written. Every researcher should have a copy of this book in their library.
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By Becky Soumakis on September 23, 2013
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What I like about this textbook is the conversational tone. Not only is it detailed and clear, but it's easy to read. I find it helpful and, for a textbook, readable. Some people might find it a little annoying when the text goes very into detail about certain things and may wish that it were a little more concise. However, too much clarity is better than too little, and this is only one small aspect of the textbook. Overall, it is great.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By friday12612 on September 29, 2010
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Do not use this book unless you are already an expert in social research! It is filled with jargon to the extent that it is incredibly difficult to understand the point that the author is trying to make. There are much better texts on research from a library perspective.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Love the oldies on January 10, 2012
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Just what I needed. Fast delivery. It was at my door before I expected. Highly recommended.Would gladly order books again.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frances on September 26, 2010
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The book came in the exact described new condition, and it arrived within the designated arrival window, but it took longer than any other item that I've ever ordered on Amazon because it came from the UK. I was not informed that it would be coming from across the Atlantic, which is obviously going to take longer than an item being shipped within the U.S.
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