Do Your Own Study

Do you want to study your own students, or some other aspect of your library?  If so, you may have questions about how to develop your research interests, how to choose research methods, and what sort of time and financial resources you will need in order to complete your project successfully.  The ERIAL Project’s Toolkit is designed to help you begin to think about these questions, walking you through these parts of the research process:

  • Pre-project planning
  • Developing a research question
  • Tying your research question to library design
  • Choosing research methods
  • Developing and refining instruments
  • Gathering data
  • Analyzing data
  • Writing your report and disseminating information

The Toolkit is primarily geared toward assisting those interested in ethnographic methods, but it also provides basic information that can assist those wishing to use other types of research methods.