Melissa Terras; Qualitative Research for the Information Professional. A Practical Handbook. Second Edition. G. E. Gorman and Peter Clayton.. Lit Linguist Computing 2007; 22 (2): 246-248. doi: 10.1093/llc/fqm005
On the back of this text is a quote from a review of the first edition, from Library and Information Research News: ‘I almost never unreservedly recommend a book in a review that I write. This book is an exception. Go buy it.’ A strong recommendation indeed for a text regarding non-quantitative case study research on the behaviour of information seekers, and the workings of information institutions: but just how useful can a book on this topic be?
The text aims to serve as both as an introduction to, and a guide to how to undertake, Qualitative research, which is defined as
a process of enquiry that draws data from the context in which events occur, in an attempt to describe these occurrences, as a means...