ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

The Informing Nature of Talk & Text: Discourse Analysis as a Research Approach in Information Science

Lisa M. Given1, Deborah Hicks2, Theresa J. Schindel2, Rebekah Willson1
Charles Sturt University, Australia; 2University of Alberta, Canada

Monday, Nov. 3, 3:30pm


In Information Science (IS), as well as other disciplines, discourse analysis has been used to extend the range of contextual data gathered using other research approaches. This form of textual analysis can enrich our understanding of complex information practices and contexts, particularly in relation to the ways that society and individuals construct understandings of various phenomena. However, not all discourse analysis approaches are the same; linguistic, Foucouldian, and psycho-social discourse analysis practices vary in their intent and their application. This panel will provide an overview of the discourse analysis methodology, including how the approach is conducted in various disciplines. By focusing on three projects by IS scholars that use discourse analysis, the range of data collection and analysis possibilities including benefits and limitations of the approach will be explored. The panel will also discuss how discourse analysis can be used in mixed methods studies, or with research participants engaged in other methods, to extend the research knowledge in the discipline.