LIS 504 (2001 Fall - Section 001) - Assignments

Remember, there is also a short quiz and a mid-term quiz.

Examination of a research report I

Find a report of research in library and information science. Give a full bibliographic citation for the report. In no more than 400 words, identify the type or types of research reported on, outline the steps involved in the research, and discuss its importance to the field. Would you recommend it as one of the reports to be examined in more depth on November 8?

Examination of a research report II

Use the same research report that you used for the previous assignment, or pick another one. Give a full bibliographic citation for the report. In no more than 400 words, identify any definitions (and their kind) and the levels of measurement employed (if any) and discuss the validity and reliability of the results. Would you recommend it as one of the reports to be examined in more depth on November 8?

Example of a questionnaire

Find a questionnaire, either printed or electronic, which you think could be used as an object of discussion in the class of Oct. 11. Hand in a printed copy, or submit a copy by e-mail, either with or without responses. Be prepared to comment in class discussion.

Comment on the Tri-Council Policy

Examine the Tri-Council Policy: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (http://www.sshrc.ca/english/programinfo/policies/Index.htm) . In no more than 400 words, comment on good and bad points of the policy for research in library and information science. For example, does it encourage bad research practices? Does it go too far, or not far enough, in protecting the rights of those studied?

Two charts and your comments

Invent or find some data related to some aspect of library and information science. Enter the data with appropriate labels in an Excel spreadsheet. Then, use Excel to create two different charts of the same data. Print out the two charts and hand them in, together with a discussion, of no more than 300 words, of the relative strengths of the two charts. For example, would the charts be suitable for different audiences? Do they make different points about what the data show? Is one or the other of them misleading in some way?

Evaluation of a research report

Examine all the research reports on the list (504eva.htm) and be prepared to discuss them in class.

For your report, choose one of the reports and evaluate it in no more than 400 words, pointing out strengths and weaknesses in assumptions, methodology, interpretation, presentation, and so on as appropriate.


Questions for guest speakers

For each of the 4 guest speakers, first look over any material provided as background, then submit, by e-mail to the instructor (craven@uwo.ca), a question for the guest. The question should be one to three sentences in length, original, and relevant to the guest's area of expertise.

(The instructor will post the questions on the course Web site. Before submitting a question, check the Web site to make sure that it has not already been submitted by someone else.)

(Guests will be encouraged to include responses to questions in their presentations, but cannot be required to do so, since their role in the course is strictly voluntary.)


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