Research and Publication Practices of Social Science Faculty: A Narrative Inquiry
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This paper provides an overview of a dissertation in which I am applying narrative inquiry to study the research practices of social science faculty at US universities classified as “Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity” (Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education). The purpose of this exploratory study is to better understand the nature of the research and publication practices of social science faculty from the origin of their research problem through the dissemination of their findings. I plan to interview social science scholars about their research practices using an ethnographic approach in which participants are asked a “specific grand tour question” (Spradley, 1979/2016). Each participant will be invited to tell the story of their most recent research project leading to publication. Findings from the study may have significant implications for academic libraries and librarians. Equipped with an improved understanding of the research and publication practices of social science research faculty, academic libraries and librarians will be better positioned to design and deliver more effective services, supply rich and appropriate access to needed materials, hire and develop appropriate staff, and shape the development of library facilities to better meet the needs of faculty.
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Weare, William H., Jr. (2019). Research and Publication Practices of Social Science Faculty: A Narrative Inquiry. Available electronically from