Research Methodologies and Data Analysis

Wednesday, 3/6/2019
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented on March 6, 2019. Access the recording and materials now:

This is part 2 of the five-part series Research and Publication Basics.

This webinar will introduce several research methods relevant to librarians interested in conducting research, and how the question one wants to answer determines the method they should pursue. Attendees will learn about different methodologies with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative approaches, options for data analysis procedures and programs, and how these might be applied to their work through examples from the professional literature. Key resources for learning more about identifying and applying appropriate research methods will be presented as well.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, participants will be able to:

  • introduce the connection between research questions and research methodologies
  • describe the central research methodologies used by librarians, including quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • understand the importance of alignment between research question and research methodology

Who Should Attend

The series is geared toward librarians in technical services who want to do research but don't know where to start.


Eamon Tewell is Head of Research Support and Outreach at Columbia University’s Science, Engineering, & Social Science Libraries. He received the 2016 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research, and is co-editor of the recently published book “Reference Librarianship and Justice: History, Practice, & Praxis.” Eamon has published and presented on the topics of critical information literacy, library instruction, critical reference practice, and questioning narratives of grit and resilience in libraries.



A recording of this webinar is now available since the six-month date of the presentation has passed.

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Sage Publishing

This webinar is generously sponsored by Sage Publishing.