The last 2 posts are quite reassuring: I’m struggling with question selection as well, and it’s nice to hear that so are you.
Can I get some advice about this research direction? A reading I did for another course (1310 Reference Services — some of you are in it with me?) mentioned virtual reference — that despite much hype, it’s used much less in academic and public libraries than traditional reference services. That surprised me. I suspect that, if reference services in libraries is going to survive in the search engine age, virtual service must be used and liked by users. So, I thought I could design a study investigating why ppl (especially in public libraries — I’m more interested in them) do or do not use this service and maybe what can be done to up that usage.
The problem I’m having is that there is quite a bit of research out there around this issue, so I’m struggling with pinpointing an exact question that needs answering. Is it ok to slightly change my research question as I discover literature that answers it in part, but leaves something to be asked?
What do you guys think?