LIS 575 Introduction to Research Methods (3)

Study of research, problem-solving, and evaluation of services in library, media and information environments. Students will learn to identify and define problems requiring systematic analysis and to review, evaluate, synthesize, appreciate, and use existing reports of research. Study includes librarianship and the philosophy of science, theory and hypothesis testing. Problems include evaluation of circulation, effectiveness, collections and overlap, online services, budgeting allocation, status of librarians, salaries, citation analysis, bibliometrics. Not a statistics course; background in mathematics and statistics is not required.

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