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Understanding methodological and disciplinary differences in the data practices of academic researchers

Travis Weller (Institute for Policy and Social Research, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA)
Amalia Monroe-Gulick (University of Kansas Libraries, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 9 September 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to better understand the data practices, influences and needs of researchers at a major public research institution.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on the results of a pre-tested, web-based survey of University of Kansas faculty, staff, researchers and graduate students.

Findings

Influences on data practices and data needs vary with the research methodology and academic discipline of the researcher.

Practical implications

Academic libraries may need to adjust the services they offer to meet the varying needs of researchers in differing disciplines using differing methodologies.

Originality/value

This study adds to the developing literature describing research data management.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the contributions of Brian Rosenblum and Julie Waters for their contributions to the development and dissemination of the survey instrument.

Citation

Weller, T. and Monroe-Gulick, A. (2014), "Understanding methodological and disciplinary differences in the data practices of academic researchers", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 467-482. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-02-2014-0021

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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