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Conversation and discourse analysis in library and information services

Forrester, Michael A., Ramsden, Christopher A. H., Reason, David (1997) Conversation and discourse analysis in library and information services. Education for Information, 15 (4). pp. 283-295. ISSN 0167-8329. (doi:10.3233/efi-1997-15402) (KAR id:18432)

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The research interview constitutes one of the main methods for obtaining information from library users. Typically, interviews are now recorded and then analysed later by the interviewer. In this paper we consider the advantages and disadvantages of using discourse and conversation analysis when examining users' responses. We focus upon two concrete examples; a study employing discourse analysis when re-designing;an index, and research in which conversation analysis is used as part of the evaluation procedure for interface design. Our suggestion is that discourse analysis is particularly useful when seeking information of a general nature, whereas conversation analysis has the advantage of uncovering implicit models and metaphors employed by people when using library services. Our primary aim in this paper is to highlight some of the costs and benefits of utilising discourse and conversation analytic methods for library staff.

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DOI/Identification number: 10.3233/efi-1997-15402
Depositing User: T. Nasir
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2009 01:42 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2023 11:31 UTC
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