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Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science

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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." - Reference & Research Book News

"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." - ARBA

"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." - College & Research Libraries

"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." - Catholic Library World

About the Author

BARBARA M. WILDEMUTH is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to her 15+ year career at UNC, she was the associate director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation.

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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: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The language in this book is unnecessarily complex, making it difficult to read. The font is a little small as well, also making it difficult to read. The examples included within the chapters to illustrate the concepts are very useful, thankfully. I'm glad I bought it (instead of renting) so I can highlight the heck out of it.
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It is helpful and useful for the researchers and postgraduate students. Giving many real examples for the methods in particular Information studies or science filed as well as, it is so useful for other people who are in the different majors. I highly recommend to get this book.
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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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Item came as described and fast. Just in time for class.
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