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PART 1: STARTING THE RESEARCH PROCESS 1. Major research paradigms Reviewing literature 3. Defining the research 4. The research proposal 5. Sampling 6. Research Data Management 7. Ethics in research PART 2: RESEARCH METHODS 8. Case studies 9. Surveys 10. Experimental research 11. Usability testing 12. Ethnography 13. Delphi study 14. Action research 15. Historical research 16. Grounded theory: method or analysis? PART 3: DATA COLLECTION TECHNIQUES 17. Interviews 18. Questionnaires 19. Observation 20. Diaries 21. Focus groups 22. Analysis of existing, externally created material PART 4: DATA ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH PRESENTATION 23. Qualitative analysis 24. Quantitative analysis 25. Presenting the research PART 5: GLOSSARY AND REFERENCE
Dr Alison Jane Pickard is Head of Information and Communication Management and Director of Quality and Student Experience in the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Northumbria, where she is also Programme Leader for the new Professional Doctorate in Information Sciences. She teaches Research Methods in Information and Communication Management, Information Sciences, as well as other subject areas, and has project managed a number of JISC and AHRB research projects.
About the last edition: 'Finally, I have found what I was looking for, since I started working with research students! A book that makes it clear - I find her answers professional, knowledgeable, and useful for doing actual research - this book should be read by all doctoral students in LIS who have embarked on their first big research project. I would also propose it as a textbook for research methods courses at Master's level.' INFORMATION RESEARCH 'sensibly and logically written and - highly useful for both potential and practising researchers - both students and professionals. This book will be of practical value to LIS students and to those studying archives and records management as well as to beginning research in practice. One of Pickard's aims in writing the book was to share the joy of research - she conveys these aspects extremely well and I finished this book excitedly anticipating my next research adventure.' JOUNAL OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION SCIENCE