Volume 25, Issue 2 (Information Sciences & Technology 2010)                   2010, 25(2): 169-187 | Back to browse issues page

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Doulani A, Husseini-Nassab D, Niknafs B. Status of research methods used in the dissertations of graduates from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences (Assistantship, MD, Board and MSc) for the years 1996-2006. Iranian Journal of Information Processing and Management. 2010; 25 (2) :169-187
URL: http://jipm.irandoc.ac.ir/article-1-733-en.html
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  The present study seeks to examine the status of research methods employed in dissertations submitted by graduates of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. The study also examined the impact factors. Using content analysis, the research methods were divided into four groups: historical, descriptive, empirical and literature review. The distributions for each method were calculated on the basis of gender, graduate level, citations, time frame and fields of study. Samples were chosen randomly from among the dissertations available at faculty libraries at TUMS. 390 dissertations were selected. Findings demonstrated that gender did not influence the choice of research method. With exception of Nursing faculty, graduate level proved to be an prominent factor when choosing research method. All types of citations (books, journals, online and non-printed sources) were identified as another significant factor impacting pushing towards any given research method. With exception of Hygiene and Food Faculty, the time factor affected the research method selection process as well. Finally, given their different research characteristics, the field of studies investigated also contributed to both the scope and direction of research methods chosen.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Library and Information Science
Received: 2010/03/10

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