I need to come up with a Plan B if I don’t get selected for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. Questions I need to answer: 1. Do I keep this project in my back pocket and try again next year with the same question? 2. Do I press on with this research project anyway? 3. And if so, how will I learn the research ropes?
I don’t feel confident in my ability to complete an entire research project from proposal to publishing. I have a general, vague sense of what has to be done, but the details are, at best, fuzzy, and at worst, nonexistent. This is my general sense of what has to be done:
- Formulate the project ideas.
- Develop the research questions.
- Figure out what data I need to answer the research questions.
- Develop a survey or interview that will obtain the data needed to answer the questions. This includes creating it in Qualtrix.
- Obtain IRB approval for the survey or interviews.
- Administer the survey.
- At a certain point (which point is unclear to me), close the survey.
- Analyze the data (which is unclear to me).
- Propose some posters to begin disseminating results early. (I am not sure if this is needed, but might be useful.)
- Prepare a draft of an article.
- Let some people review my article and provide feedback.
- Submit to the most appropriate journal. (For my IRDL project, journals would be some from the engineering education world and some from the library world.)
- Publish, I hope.
- Figure out ways to rewrite the article for other disciplines.
- Build on this project with additional projects.
I am really unclear about how to do this from about #1 on down. One research methods class is not enough to prepare me. I just need to have some intense training and then dive in. If I don’t get that intense training from the IRDL, then I will need to develop it on my own. I will need to read books and go through the entire Research Methods website. I am optimistic that I can do it, but it would be so much easier to be able to go to the IRDL.