Conducting Research


Conducting research: A selected bibliography of SIC holdings (Library & Information Division)

Here is a comprehensive listing of iSchool resources on research methodology.  Items may appear in more than one sub-category.  Items marked with * may have earlier editions in the stacks. Try these subject headings:

  • Research methodology
  • [topic] research methodology, e.g.  information science research methodology
  • Questionnaires
  • Focus groups
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research

Table of contents

Qualitative & quantitative research
Mixed method research
Media research methods
Literature search, evaluation & review
Surveys, focus groups, case studies & interviews
Statistics & bibliometrics
Thesis, dissertation & proposal writing
Discourse analysis
Interdisciplinary research
Digital research
Specifically for the information professions


Browse this extensive collection of full text research methodology handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, articles, and more.  Includes videos and other tools.  Excellent collection for anyone doing social science research.  Browse the collection by selecting the blue content tab near the top of the screen.

Anderson, T., & Kanuka, H. (2003). E-research: Methods, strategies and issues. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. Find it in print.

Babbie, E. (2007). The practice of social research, 11th ed.* Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. Find it in print.

Badke, W. B. (2008). Research strategies: Finding your way through the information fog, 3rd. ed.* New York: iUniverse, Inc. Find it in print.

Bickman, L., & Rog, D. J. (Eds.). (1998). Handbook of applied social research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Find it in print.

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2008). The craft of research, 3rd ed.* Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, 3rd ed.* Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Crotty, M. (1998). The foundations of social research: Meaning and perspective in the research process. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Frost, P. J., & Stablein, R. E. (Eds.). (1992). Doing exemplary research. Newbury Park, Calif. : Sage.

Gustavsson, B. (Ed.). (2007). The principles of knowledge creation: Research methods in the social sciences. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

NEW! Jason, L. A., & Glenwick, D. S. (Eds.). (2012). Methodological approaches to community-based research. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.



Creswell, J. W., & Clark, V. L. P. (2007). Designing and conducting mixed methods research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, 3rd ed.* Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Greene, J. C., & Caracelli, V. J. (Eds.). (1997). Advances in mixed-method evaluation: The challenges and benefits of integrating diverse paradigms. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Tashakkori, A., & Teddlie, C. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of mixed methods in social & behavioral research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.



Anderson, J. A. (2012). Media research methods: Understanding metric and interpretive approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Bräuchler, B., & Postill, J. (Eds.). (2010). Theorising media and practice. New York: Berghahn Books.

Jensen, K. B. (Ed.). (2012). A handbook of media and communication research: Qualitative and quantitative methodologies (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.



DeWalt, K. M., & DeWalt, B. R. (2011). Participant observation: A guide for fieldworkers (2nd ed.). Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Emerson, R. M., Fretz, R. I., & Shaw, L. L. (2011). Writing ethnographic fieldnotes (2nd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hendry, J., & Fitznor, L. (Eds.). (2012). Anthropologists, indigenous scholars and the research endeavour: Seeking bridges towards mutual respect. New York: Routledge.





Cooper, H. M. (1998). Synthesizing research: A guide for literature reviews, 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fink. A. (2005). Conducting research literature reviews: From the Internet to paper, 2nd ed.* Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Gash, S. (2000). Effective literature searching for research, 2nd ed. Aldershot, Hampshire: Gower.



Bourque, L. B., & Fielder, E. P. (1995). How to conduct self-administered and mail surveys. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dillman, D. A. (2007). Mail and Internet surveys: The tailored design method, 2nd rev. ed.* Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Edmunds, H. (1999). The focus group research handbook. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Business Books.



Clark, I. L. (2007). Writing the successful theses and dissertation: Entering the conversation. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Davis, G. B., & Parker, C. A. (1997). Writing the doctoral dissertation: A systematic approach, 2nd ed. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s.

Fitzpatrick, J., Secrist, J., & Wright, D. J. (1998). Secrets for a successful dissertation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.



Dontcheva-Navratilova, O., & Povolná, R. (Eds.). (2012). Discourse interpretation: Approaches and applications. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Cambridge Scholars Pub.

Jenner, B. & Titscher, S. (2000). Methods of text and discourse analysis. London: SAGE.

Wetherell, M., Taylor, S. & Yates, J. Y. (2001). Discourse theory and practice: A reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.



Leavy, P. (2011). Essentials of transdisciplinary research: Using problem-centered methodologies. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Repko, A. F., Newell, W. H., & Szostak, R. (2012). Case studies in interdisciplinary research. Los Angeles: SAGE.



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