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Meet the Authors: Top Trends and Tips in LIS Research

The new edition of Research Methods in Library and Information Science is 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. The new edition 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.

Co-authors, Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Marie L. Radford, provide a foundation of research practice and process for library and information science researchers, students and professionals. The book includes instruction on conducting research using an array of tools as well as guidance in critically reading and evaluating research publications, proposals, and reports. Connaway and Radford will review top trends and tips for LIS research, to highlight some of the book's comprehensive coverage of what is new and exciting for beginning scholars as well as those wishing to learn about current trends.


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.