Connaway and Radford offer comprehensive guidance for conducting LIS research in "Research Methods in Library and Information Science"

Now in its sixth edition, Reserch Methods in Library and Information Science, with a new title and co-authored by Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Marie L. Radford, continues to provide a foundation of research practice and process for library and information science researchers, students and professionals. Published by Libraries Unlimited, the book serves as a practical and comprehensive introduction to research design, presenting up-to-date coverage of the principles and data collection techniques for quantitative and qualitative research methods — along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

"Voices of the Experts"

The new edition of Research Methods in Library and Information Science includes added sections featuring the voices of prominent LIS scholars, researchers, and editors.  "Voices of the Experts" text boxes provide researchers' advice on specific methods and identify the most important or most valuable reasons for using a particular method and software for analysis—such as NVivo, SurveyMonkey, and log capture.

Connaway and Radford provide instruction on conducting research using an array of tools as well as guidance in critically reading and evaluating research publications, proposals, and reports. They cover a range of topics and tools such as research strategies for library and information science doctoral students; planning for research; defining the problem, forming and testing a theory; the scientific method of inquiry and data collection techniques; survey research methods and questionnaires; analyzing quantitative data; interview-based research; writing research proposals; and time management skills.

About the Authors

Coauthors Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD and Marie L. Radford, PhD, bring extensive expertise in research design, securing grant funding, and using the latest technology and data analysis software. Connaway is a senior research scientist and director of user research at OCLC Research where she leads user studies and the digital visitors and residents project. Radford is professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, and director of the PhD Program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey’s School of Communication and Information. Both are widely published in the field of research methods for librarians.

About Libraries Unlimited

For more than 50 years, Libraries Unlimited has served academic, public, school, and special libraries by producing library science textbooks, reference works, practical handbooks, and professional guides of unparalleled quality. Today, with more than 2,000 publications in both print and electronic formats, Libraries Unlimited continues its mission to cultivate and maintain a supportive community where librarians, archivists, and information specialists can learn about and discuss leading-edge trends and acquire new skills through every phase of their careers. Libraries Unlimited began a new chapter in 2008, becoming an imprint under the publishing umbrella of ABC-CLIO, LLC. For more information about Libraries Unlimited or ABC-CLIO, please visit


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