INF321 Introduction to Research (8)

This subject discusses the role and value of research in information agencies. It looks at the role of research in evidence-based professional practice, with a focus on the evaluation of research literature and interpretation of research results. This subject introduces research concepts and practices appropriate to professional practice.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF321. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a broad understanding of the types of research relevant to, and applied in, libraries, information agencies and other professional settings;
  • have a general understanding of the principles of evidence-based practice;
  • be able to critically evaluate completed research; and
  • be able to apply research evaluation skills appropriate in professional environments.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Reasons for research and its values
  • Basic tenets of evidence-based practice
  • Research concepts and traditions
  • Basic evaluation tools


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: November 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.