Chapter 3. Introduction to Quantitative Research and Data

Melissa J. Goertzen


Chapter 3 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 53, no. 4), "Applying Quantitative Methods to E-book Collections"

The foundation of any e-book analysis framework rests on knowledge of quantitative data and metrics. Chapter 3 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 53, no. 4), “Applying Quantitative Methods to E-book Collections,” discusses key characteristics of quantitative data and the various types of research questions it can answer. It also lists various performance measures and indicators that can be used in information management environments to support conclusions and provide evidence for e-book collection development decisions. Finally, it provides a research framework that can be used to plan and define collection analysis projects.

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