Module Identifier DS33320  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Raymond E Lonsdale  
Semester Available all semesters  
Other staff Dr Christine J Urquhart, Dr Christopher M Baggs, Dr David A Stoker, Professor David Ellis  
Course delivery Other    
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Compilation of bibliography of 20-30 resources equivalent to 1,500 words - weighted 25%. 
Semester Assessment Critical evaluation of 4 references equivalent to 1,500 words - weighted 25%. 
Semester Assessment Formulation of a research proposal for the research project (3,000 words) - weighted 50%. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Brief description

The module will help students to plan, propose and execute small scale in-house investigations,. It will lay a foundation for personal research such as for the dissertation, or possibly a masters or other higher degree at a later date. This might not be part of the students? personal agenda at the present time, but continuing professional development plays an increasingly important role in the careers of information workers.


The aim of this module is to provide a basic introduction to research methods which can be used within information and library services.


Unit headings comprise:

1. The development of research in information and library services
2. The research process and writing of the research proposal
3. Survey methods and basic statistics
4. Other research methods
5. Data and information analysis, and report writing
6. Resourcing and managing a small research project

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
Bell, Judith (1993) Doing your research project: a guide for first time researchers in education and social science 2nd. Buckingham: Open University Press
Birley, G. and Moreland, N (1998) A practical guide to academic research Kogan Page
Blaxter, L. et al (1996) How to research. Buckingham Open University Press
Bryman, A (2001) Social research methods OUP
CRUS CRUS Guides. (This series of guides published by University of Sheffield?s Centre for Research in User Studies, (as it was) provide practical guidelines) (They are now out of print but copies available on loan in the Thomas Parry Library)
Gash, S (2000) Effective Literature Searching for research 2nd. Aldershot: Gower

Eager, C. and Oppenheim, C (1996) An observational method for undertaking user needs studies Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 28, pp15-23
Fidel, R (1984) The case study method: a case study LISR 6, pp273-288
Goulding, A (1997) Joking, being aggressive and shutting people up: the use of focus groups in LIS research . Education for Information 15, pp331-341
Kuhlthau, C. C (1991) Inside the search process: information seeking from the user?s perspective Journal of the American Society for Information Science 42(5), pp361-371


This module is at CQFW Level 6