Introduction to Research Methods: Spring 2014


Beth St. Jean


iSchool at Maryland


Spring 2014


In this survey course, we will examine the entire scope of the research process, beginning with reviewing the existing literature to identify significant gaps, coming up with novel and important research questions to investigate, and preparing a research proposal. We will then discuss many of the different methods that information scientists use to investigate research questions, including interviews, focus groups, diaries, surveys, and experiments. Toward the end of the semester, we will cover the processes of writing up and presenting reports of completed research.

Required Textbook:

Pickard, A. J. 2013. Research Methods in Information, 2nd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

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