A Proposal to Investigate the Information-Seeking Behaviors of Chinese Students at Canadian Academic Libraries


Ethics Review

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Ethics Review

A researcher who is conducting human subject research should be aware of the ethical issues. A researcher needs to submit research ethics application for approval before the research. According to Tri-Council Policy Statement, the researcher is ethically bound to respect the participant’s human dignity, free and informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, and justice and inclusiveness. Before the study, the participants should be informed the nature, purpose and procedures of the study. If the interview process is video taped, participants must be made aware of these tapings. Participants may decline to answer specific questions, and withdraw from this study at any time, for any reason. If the participants are under the age of 18, consents of their parents or guardians is required. In all cases the researcher must not press for answers to questions that may embarrass the participants or make them feel uncomfortable.

For this research, ethics approval is required from the Faculty of Education and Extension Research Ethics Board (see appendices A and B). The research ethics application should be submitted six weeks before the beginning of the research. Informed consent form is also needed to be signed by the interviewee (see appendix E) before the interview. A research assistant and a professional transcriber are involved in carrying out specific research tasks in the research. They will be required to read the University of Alberta Standards for the Protection of Human Research Participants [GFC Policy Manual, Section 66], and sign Research Assistant/Transcriber Confidentiality Agreement (see appendix F) before they join the project. Because there are no participants under the age of 18, the research does not need to gain consent from the participants’ parents or guardians.

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