Cataloging research by design: A taxonomic approach to understanding research questions in cataloging

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This article asserts that many research questions (RQs) in cataloging reflect design-based RQs, rather than traditional scientific ones. To support this idea, a review of existing discussions of RQs is presented to identify prominent types of RQs, including design-based RQs. RQ types are then classified into a taxonomic framework and compared with RQs from the Everyday Cataloger Concerns project, which aimed to identify important areas of research from the perspective of practicing catalogers. This comparative method demonstrates the ways in which the research areas identified by cataloging practitioners reflect design RQs—and therefore require design approaches and methods to answer them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-701
Number of pages19
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2018


  • Cataloging research
  • Design
  • Everyday Cataloger Concerns
  • Research questions
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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