ERIC Number: ED234819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Introductory Data Collection and Analysis.
Eckels, Diane Cole
Designed for persons with no prior knowledge of statistics, this continuing education course syllabus presents basic information on methods of data collection and analysis in libraries. It is noted that emphasis is placed on concepts rather than mathematical formulas and on reasons for using particular techniques. Topics covered include problem definition; study design; the advantages and disadvantages of using direct observation, historical records, published surveys, interviews, and questionnaires for data collection; the design, administration, and evaluation of questionnaires; random sampling; the tabulation and graphical representation of descriptive statistics; statistical estimation; statistical decisions; variance tests (the F test and analysis of variance); the Chi-Square test; correlation; and regression. Examples are provided of the use of data collection and analysis techniques in libraries. Also provided are a series of 12 problems to be completed, a list of important equations, an 11-item bibliography, and a core list of journals that report the results of research in library science. (ESR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Medical Library Association, Chicago, IL.