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Title: An analysis of research publications in library & information science in Malaysia
Authors: Yeoh, Hai Loon
Keywords: Research publication
Library & Information Science
LIS in Malaysia
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: University of Malaya
Abstract: An analysis of the research publications in library and information science (US) in Malaysia is reported in this study. The aim of the study was to find out how LIS research is distributed over various topics, and the approaches and methods that have been used to investigate these topics. The study sample comprised 251 data items in the form of dissertations, theses, conference papers and journals articles (or their abstracts when full documents were not available) in library and information science published from 1961 until 2002. The data was analyzed to examine several variables, including the topic, approach, method, language, etc. used for the study. The data was classified based on the methodology and classification system designed by Jarvelin and Vakkari (1990). The findings indicate that the main group of topics researched was library and information science activities, with 21.5% of the publications. Researchers appeared to be less interested in scientific and professional communication (only 2.4%), and education in LIS (only 2.4%). Quantitative methods were a popular approach, being used in 31% of the research publications. The findings indicate the survey method was dominant in 43% of the publications examined, while the qualitative method was the least frequently used. It was also found that 54% of the research publications used descriptive statistics as the main method of data analysis. The questionnaire was the most frequently used instrument, being used by 18.7% of the studies. The main institution under study was 'others' being examined by 38.6% of the publications in this study. English was the predominant language of research publications and was used by 88% of the publications, with only 11.6% using Bahasa Melayu. In general, the findings found that LIS research is on the increase in Malaysia, although there is still room for improvement.
Description: Dissertation (M.L.I.S.) -- Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, 2005.
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/697
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