Naturalistic Inquiry for Library Science: Methods and Applications for Research, Evaluation, and Teaching

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Mellon, Constance A. Naturalistic inquiry for library science : methods and applications for research, evaluation, and teaching / Constance Ann Mellon ; foreword by Robert C. Bogdan.

p. cm. -- (Contributions in librarianship and information science, ISSN 0084-9243; no. 64)

Includes bibliographical references.

ISBN 0-313-25653-5 (alk. paper)

1. Library science--Research--Methodology. 2. Libraries-- Evaluation. 3. Library education. 4. Naturalism. I. Title. II. Series.

Z669.7.M46 1990

020'.723--dc20 89-27276

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available.

Copyright © 1990 by Constance Ann Mellon

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 89-27276

ISBN: 0-313-25653-5

ISSN: 0084-9243

First published in 1990

Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

Printed in the United States of America

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The paper used in this book complies with the Permanent Paper Standard issued by the National Information Standards Organization (Z39.48-1984).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Librarianship and Information Science ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Copyrightt Acknowledgments v
  • Contents ix
  • Figures xi
  • Foreword xiii
  • Preface xv
  • 1 - The Theory Underlying Naturalistic Inquiry 1
  • Notes 20
  • 2 - Selecting, Defining, and Limiting Your Study 23
  • Notes 37
  • 3 - Collecting and Analyzing Naturalistic Data: An Integrated Activity 39
  • Notes 67
  • 4 - Intensive Analysis for Theory Generation 69
  • Notes 94
  • 5 - Presenting Your Findings 97
  • Prologue: Guidelines for Naturalistic Reporting 100
  • References 123
  • Epilogue: Contrasting the Two Reports 124
  • EPILOGUE: CONTRASTING THE TWO REPORTS 128
  • 6 - Naturalistic Inquiry for Research in Library Science 131
  • Notes 144
  • 7 - Naturalistic Inquiry for Evaluation in Library Science 147
  • Notes 166
  • 8 - Naturalistic Inquiry as a Teaching Method in Library Science 169
  • Selected Bibliography 191
  • Index 199
  • About the Author 203
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