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Alternative Textbooks: Susan Burke - Library and Information Studies

Dr. Susan Burke - School of Library and Information Studies

Dr. Susan Burke, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies

Dr. Susan Burke

  • LIS 5713 Evaluation Methods.  
  • Alternative Textbook = 
    • Pervious textbook: Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation.
    • Cost: $62.00

Process:  After initial consultation, a preliminary list of open content resources was created.  Dr. Burke is going to create a custom textbook solution for her course, primarily using

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Full list of open resources from initial research for Evaluation Methods:

  • Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices
    • Anol Bhattacherjee, University of South Florida
    • Link from the Open Textbook Library at University of Minnesota.  
    • Brief description: This book is designed to introduce doctoral and graduate students to the process of scientific research in the social sciences,  business, education, public health, and related  disciplines.  This book is based on my lecture materials developed over a decade of teaching the  doctoral-level class on Research Methods at the University of South Florida.
  • Principles of Sociological Inquiry – Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
    • Amy Blackstone, University of Maine
    • Link from the Open Textbook Library at University of Minnesota.
    • Brief description: ...emphasizes the relevance of research methods for the everyday lives of its readers, undergraduate students.  Each chapter describes how research methodology is useful for students in the multiple roles they fill...
  • Research Methods in Psychology
    • Paul Price, California State University, Fresno
    • Link from the Open Textbook Library at University of Minnesota.
    • Brief description: The overarching goal of this textbook is to present the basics of psychological research methods — focusing on the concepts and skills that are most widely shared within the discipline — emphasizing both their centrality to our field and their contribution to our understanding of human behavior. The book will include several features that will help accomplish this overarching goal.
  • Methods of Discovery: A Guide to Research Writing
    • Pavel Zemilansky Ph.D
    • Brief description:
    • Treats research writing as a rhetorical process
    • Teaches use of research in different genres (not just the generic research paper). This approach allows the text to be used in a variety of writing and rhetoric classes.
    • Discusses the use of various kinds of research sources (academic ones and others)
    • Contains links to resources and multimedia which help students to understand and practice key concepts
    • Presents students and instructors with a "menu" of approaches and tasks suitable for different audiences and courses.
  • Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age
    • From the The National Academies Press
    • Is not available with a CC license, but content within the book can be linked to.

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