Title

The Evolving Landscape of Research Methods in Library and Information Science

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Judith Mavodza, Zayed University

Document Type

Book Chapter

Source of Publication

Advances in Library and Information Science

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Abstract

The library and information science (LIS) profession is influenced by multidisciplinary research strategies and techniques (research methods) that in themselves are also evolving. They represent established ways of approaching research questions (e.g., qualitative vs. quantitative methods). This chapter reviews the methods of research as expressed in literature, demonstrating how, where, and if they are inter-connected. Chu concludes that popularly used approaches include the theoretical approach, experiment, content analysis, bibliometrics, questionnaire, and interview. It appears that most empirical research articles in Chu's analysis employed a quantitative approach. Although the survey emerged as the most frequently used research strategy, there is evidence that the number and variety of research methods and methodologies have been increasing. There is also evidence that qualitative approaches are gaining increasing importance and have a role to play in LIS, while mixed methods have not yet gained enough recognition in LIS research.

ISSN

2326-4136

Publisher

IGI Global

Last Page

17

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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