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Library Faculty Research Resources: Getting Started

How the Faculty Research Committee Can Help


The Faculty Research Committee:

  • can connect you with a mentor!
  • can read over your manuscript and make suggestions!
  • sponsors talks or programs in support of faculty research efforts: tools, tips, success stories, etc.

Want to teach your faculty colleagues something? Let us know!

2020-2021 Committee members:

  • John Bodnar (chair)
  • Katherine Fischer
  • Eileen H. Kramer
  • Amy Stalker

Where to Look for Research Opportunities & Resources

How to Come Up with a Research Topic

Research ideas can come from:

  • Work that you do every day
  • Colleagues
  • Conference poster sessions are especially fertile ground for gleaning ideas
  • Looking at the professional literature. What are other people writing about? At the end of articles, writers often identify areas for further research; this is a great source of ideas.
  • Keeping an open mind and being curious
  • Cutting-edge things the Library is doing
  • Getting on professional committees with "research" or "statistics" in their names
  • Looking through encyclopedias of library science
  • Checking annual reviews of library and information science
  • Listserv threads

(Based on Librarian Research Resources: Research: Getting Started with My Project, by Iowa State University Library.) 

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Have I done a thorough literature review?
  • Is my research question clearly defined?
  • Have I had someone read over and/or critique my proposal? My final paper?
  • Are my research instruments aligned with best practices?
  • If my research involves human subjects, how will I prepare for IRB approval?
  • Have I identified potential publication venues for this research?
  • Have I considered which citation style I should use for publication venues?
  • What structural pieces will my final product need to include? (i.e. methodology section, data analysis, and so on)

PM 36: Faculty Scholarly Activities

Personnel Memorandum 36. available in the University Library Sharepoint, in the "Memoranda" folder. includes information about support for library faculty research.

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