Lynn Silipigni Connaway joins Ronald R. Powell to revise and reorganize research methods monograph just released by Libraries Unlimited

Basic Research Methods for Librarians, 4th edition, is addressed to the practicing librarian and other information professionals who need to conduct research and publish. It provides guidance for any librarian who must be able to read and evaluate research reports critically and assist others with their research.  It will also benefit the graduate library and information science student.

The authors take the perspective that library-related research should be as sound as any scientific research, and basic concepts are presented accordingly. Its primary purpose is to help teach the skills necessary for a librarian to conduct rigorous, basic research.

Additions to the text include:

  • expanded sections on ethics in research and focus-group interviews
  • a section on sampling in-library use
  • an appendix addressing how to get published
  • more consideration of research about electronic technology
  • a greater focus on utilizing electronic technology to conduct research
  • updated references to other sources
  • additional works cited where appropriate.

It is not a simple matter to conduct rigorous research, but it can be interesting, enlightening, and rewarding.  This book should help and encourage librarians and others to become more active and productive researchers.

Basic Research Methods for Librarians, 4th edition, by Ronald R. Powell and Lynn Silipigni Connaway is available from Libraries Unlimited in both hardcover and paperback editions.

Ronald R. Powell is Professor in the Library and Information Science Program at Wayne State University.

Lynn Silipigni Connaway is a Consulting Research Scientist at the OCLC Office of Research.

More Information

To access the publisher's page for Basic Research Methods for Librarians, 4th edition, go to:

and search on the ISBN for either the hardcover or paperback version:
  • hardcover: 1591581036
  • paperback: 1591581125

More information about Lynn Silipigni Connaway

For more information:

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.
Consulting Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Bob Bolander
Communications & Programs Manager
OCLC Research