Research tutorials on the web
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The basic instruments of research involve a range of methods and a specific language or vocabulary. The courses below serve as good examples for those learners who have some experience in conducting research but want an introduction or refresher. Once acquainted with the basics of research vocabulary and its methods, many of the core issues that drive its investigation can be more fully explored. The practice of librarianship is an applied social science and, as such, includes the measurement of library and information service activities, and the information-seeking behaviours of users that motivate the seeking out of those services.
All kinds of ethical and political issues affect and arise within the work of academic librarians. These and other issues are discussed in the literature to some extent but it might be useful to consider where these problems originate. How can librarians develop good research questions based on their economic, social and political circumstances. Framing questions is the key to providing momentum in identifying good areas for investigation or research. Let's begin our exploration with some of these research basics listed in the tutorials below.
Health and medical research