ERIC Number: ED068102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Scientific Investigation of Library Problems.
Busha, Charles; Purcell, Royal
With heavy emphasis on the application of the scientific approach to research in library science, this proposal for an introductory textbook presents an overview of the current status of investigations in librarianship and discusses strengths and weaknesses of existing guides. A conclusion is reached that available guidebooks all fall short of meeting the pressing need for a modern, graduate-level research text in library science. The document outlines in detail content of a proposed textbook which the authors feel would aid students in the identification of productive areas for research or problems in need of investigation, create an interest in and an appreciation of research in general, and stimulate students' interest and ability in questioning existing assumptions in library science. An outline of twelve chapters emphasizes that the proposed textbook will aid students in the development of research hypotheses; help them obtain insights into the appropriate procedures for obtaining answers to various problems in each significant mode of research; and provide information to the student on how to collect, analyze, and evaluate quantitative data rigorously in accord with the research question posed in an investigation. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Graduate Library School.
Note: (44 References); A Proposal for an Introductory Textbook Devoted to the Conduct and Evaluation of Library Science Research