Research Methods in Information Studies
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Infoteaduste uurimismeetodid
Course title in English
Research Methods in Information Studies
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
Aile Möldre (eesti keel) e-toega kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To create preconditions for the formation of theoretical basisi for carrying out research work in information science;
To support the development of critical thinking, the ability to analyse, the ability of oral and written self-expression;
To support the writing and presenting of the Bachelor work project
Brief description of the course
The essence of research work, its characteristic features. Philosophical considerations of research process. The phases of research project. The choice of a topic, writing a literature review, problem statement and formulating of research questions. Various research methodologies and designs/strategies in information sciences. Data collection and its methods for quantitative and qualitative research in information sciences. Data analysis and interpretation. Text analysis techniques: content analysis, thematic analysis, discourse analysis and their usage in information sciences. Reliability and validity of research results. Presentation of statistical data. Writing, drafting and formatting the research project. Citation techniques.
Independent work
Work with literature, practical assignments in the classroom and homework in the e-learning environment – analysis of texts, practical work on using different methods.
Writing and presenting the Bachelor work project (15-20 pages). The project should be compiled and formatted according to the regulations of the School of Digital Technologies of the Tallinn University.
Learning outcomes in the course
At the completion of the course the student:
is aware of the essence of research work and its philosophical background;
knows the methodologies,research designs/strategies and concrete data collection and analysis methods used in information science, is able to choose the methods for research work in information science and practically use them;
is able to compile the Bachelor work project, to present and defend it.

Assessment methods
Writing and presenting the Bachelor work project
dots A. Möldre, lekt S. Metsar
Replacement literature
Kidron, A. (2008). Uurija käsiraamat : mis ja milleks? Kuidas? Mis meetodil? Tallinn : Mondo.
Kuhn, T. (2003). Teadusrevolutsioonide struktuur. Tartu: Ilmamaa.
Beck, S.E., Manuel, K. (2008). Practical research methods for librarians and information professionals. New York; London: Neal-Schuman Publisher.
Gorman, G. E. (2005). Qualitative research for the information professional : a practical handbook. London : Facet Publishing.
Williamson, K., Johanson, G. (ed.). (2013). Research methods : information, systems and contexts. Prahran (Vic.) : Tilde University Press.