Interpretation of Scholarly Book Reviews:
School of Library and Information Science
Scholarly book reviews contain
evaluative parts, which, if decoded properly, hold great potential value
for scholars, scientists, librarians, collection developers, information
seekers, and LIS-researchers who are depending on access to valuated
information and test collections. This paper introduces a new
structure-based research technique for the interpretation of opinions
reflected by authors of scholarly book reviews. The structure-based
technique combines the strengths of two prevalent content analytical
approaches, while additionally utilizing the typical rhetorical
organization of book reviews as an enriched point of analytic departure.
The validity of this research technique is established by statistically
correlating results derived from the structure-based interpretation of
60 LIS book reviews, results of a quantitative content analysis of the
same sample, and results obtained from questioning the actual reviewers
about their genuine opinions of the books under study.
Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science, pp. 123-135.