Research Methods - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780081022207, 9780081022214

Research Methods

2nd Edition

Information, Systems, and Contexts

Editors: Kirsty Williamson Graeme Johanson
eBook ISBN: 9780081022214
Paperback ISBN: 9780081022207
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 27th November 2017
Page Count: 622
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Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts, Second Edition, presents up-to-date guidance on how to teach research methods to graduate students and professionals working in information management, information science, librarianship, archives, and records and information systems. It provides a coherent and precise account of current research themes and structures, giving students guidance, appreciation of the scope of research paradigms, and the consequences of specific courses of action. Each of these valuable sections will help users determine the relevance of particular approaches to their own questions.

The book presents academics who teach research and information professionals who carry out research with new resources and guidance on lesser-known research paradigms.

Key Features

  • Provides up-to-date knowledge of research methods and their applications
  • Provides a coherent and precise account of current research themes and structures through chapters written by authors who are experts in their fields
  • Helps students and researchers understand the range of quantitative and qualitative approaches available for research, as well as how to make practical use of them
  • Provides many illustrations from projects in which authors have been involved, to enhance understanding
  • Emphasises the nexus between formulation of research question and choice of research methodology
  • Enables new researchers to understand the implications of their planning decisions


Research students, researchers, academics involved in teaching research, information professionals in higher education, research, and corporate libraries working alongside researchers, or carrying out independent research

Table of Contents

Section I Foundations and Framing
1. Research concepts
2. The fundamentals of research planning
3. Information research: Patterns and practice
4. Archival and recordkeeping research: Past, present and future
5. The methodological landscape: Information systems and knowledge management

Section II Research Methods
6. Survey designs
7. Case study research in information systems
8. Action research: Theory and practice
9. Constructivist grounded theory: A 21st century research methodology
10. Bibliometric research
11. Design-science research
12. Researching history
13. Ethnographic research
14. Experimental research

Section III Research Techniques
15. Populations and samples
16. Questionnaires, individual interviews and focus group interviews
17. Observation
18. Quantitative data analysis
19. Qualitative data analysis

Section IV Research Practice and Communication
20. Ethical research practices
21. Managing research data
22. Research writing and dissemination

Section V Information Research: Reflections on Past and Future
23. The future of information research


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About the Editor

Kirsty Williamson

Kirsty Williamson has focused her career almost entirely on research since 1996 when she obtained her PhD. For much of that time she was Director of the research group, Information and Telecommunications Needs Research (ITNR), a joint initiative of Monash University and Charles Sturt University in Australia. She has undertaken many research projects and has received many research grants from a range of different non-government and government organisations, including the principal funding body of Australian Universities, the Australian Research Council (ARC). Her research has been widely published.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Graeme Johanson

Graeme Johanson is Director of the Centre for Community Networking Research at Monash University. He has undertaken academic research for 45 years, and his research findings are widely published. He has supervised many research projects, mainly about the evaluation and use of information and communications technologies for the benefit of developing countries and marginalised groups of people. His initial interest in archives, historical documents, and oral history led him to work as a librarian in research institutions for ten years before becoming an academic focusing on information management and community informatics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash University


"The book that you are about to read provides a fresh perspective on research in information science. There is something for everyone here – whether you are new to research in the discipline, or whether you are a seasoned scholar looking for new and inspiring ideas." --Professor Lisa Given. Associate Dean, Research and Development, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology and President, Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), 2018.

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