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Research methods, scholarly communication, and library research

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Nancy Bellafante

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Transcript of Research methods, scholarly communication, and library research

13 Methods of Inquiry Identifying and locating sources that provide factual information or personal/expert opinion on a research question. Experimental Library Explicatory Field Observational Interview Survey Longitudinal Archival Qualitative Quantitative Empirical Theoretical Experimental Explicatory Field Observational Interview Survey Longitudinal Archival Qualitative Quantitative Empirical Theoretical George, M. W. (2008). The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.
Note: Table found on pages 6-8. Takes place in a dedicated environment (laboratory), involves use of specialized equipment and procedures Examination of a group over time to study a phenomenon Use of numeric measurement and analysis to study a phenomenon Testing of the validity of a phenomenon through observation or experiment. Predict or explain a phenomenon based on findings of other studies Library research is a component of every other method of inquiry at some point Library Topic Selection Imagination Research Plan (Strategy) Reference Works & Databases (Tools and Tactics) Sources Evaluation Insight Thesis Research Questions (Brainstorming) Government documents
and Books Invisible College Research Publication cycle book (monograph) devoted to a single complex topic Memoir or autobiography of senior scholar reflecting on career - published in article, chapter, or book, format Overview/synthesis in an encyclopedia article or college textbook Chapter in a collection of essays addressing related themes George, M. W. (2008). The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.
Note: List found on page 9. Report in a
peer-reviewed scholarly journal Comment on another researcher's work in a letter to the editor or book review published in a periodical Announcement in the form of a press release, interview, or newspaper story Master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, may be revised for later publication Presentation at a conference, later may be published in a proceedings volume or scholarly journal Classroom teaching, lecture notes, conversations with colleagues and students Nonprint media such as email, listserv postings, blogs, personal webpages, documentaries, broadcast interviews Scholarly Communication Conferences Trade publications Popular News Media Scholarly Journals Research discovery! http://video.mit.edu/watch/scientific-publication-cycle-4356/ poses a series of questions to a sample of the population begin studied; usually captures demographic/socioeconomic data as well to examine relationships among variables analysis of words, images, and other non-quantifiable results. Close study of original documents retained by the government, an organization or family, housed in a specific location Study of a phenomenon where it exists, in its native location Recording/capturing a behavior; takes place in a lab or out in the field Close, careful examination of a text or evidence of an event to understand one or more aspects Conversation about a specific issue or experience with questions prepared in advance https://www.zotero.org/groups/starscholars/items/
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