Exploring Methods in Information Literacy Research - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781876938611, 9781780634128

Exploring Methods in Information Literacy Research

1st Edition

Authors: Suzanne Lipu Kirsty Williamson Annemaree Lloyd
eBook ISBN: 9781780634128
Paperback ISBN: 9781876938611
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 1st June 2007
Page Count: 214
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Table of Contents

The broad methodological contexts of information literacy research; Introduction to the chapters; Survey research; Critical incident technique; Understanding information literacy in the workplace: using a constructivist grounded theory approach; Phenomenography: Follow the yellow brick road; Action research; Using focus groups in a mixed method approach to evaluate student learning in an information literacy embedding project; Evidence-based practice and information literacy; The evidence based model of information literacy research: A critique; Alternative methods in information literacy research in Australasia.


This book provides an overview of approaches to assist researchers and practitioners to explore ways of undertaking research in the information literacy field. The first chapter provides an introductory overview of research by Dr Kirsty Williamson (author of Research Methods for Students, Academics and Professionals: Information Management and Systems) and this sets the scene for the rest of the chapters where each author explores the key aspects of a specific method and explains how it may be applied in practice. The methods covered include those representing qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Both a chapter on the topical evidence-based practice approach, and another critiquing it, are also included. The final chapter points the way towards potential new directions for the burgeoning field.

Renowned information literacy researcher Dr Christine Bruce affirms the usefulness of the book: New researchers and early career professionals will appreciate the clarity of the introductions provided' to each of the methods covered.


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About the Authors

Suzanne Lipu Author

Kirsty Williamson Author

Kirsty Williamson is an adjunct senior research fellow at Monash University and Charles Sturt University in Australia. For many years she was the Director of the research group, Information and Telecommunications Needs Research (ITNR), a joint initiative of both universities. Since the early 1990s she has undertaken many research projects, with her principal area of research being human information behavior. Apart from two editions of an earlier research methods book, Research Methods for Students, Academics and Professionals: Information Management and Systems, she has many journal articles to her credit, including five in the highly ranked Library and Information Science Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, Monash University and Charles Sturt University, Australia

Annemaree Lloyd Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Charles Sturt University, Australia