The "principles" paper: some thoughts on an unusual hybrid

Andrew Kenneth Shenton


For years, ‘principles’ papers have made an important contribution to LIS literature and their influence on subsequent writers has been considerable. They make a series of concise claims in relation to a topic, which are usually supported by a variety of evidence and are pertinent across time and space. These claims have emerged from the literature or are derived directly from the author’s own experience. In writing such a piece, research students may seek to enhance their abstract thinking abilities, whilst practitioners benefit from considering their work more critically and from contextualising their day-to-day experience in terms of wider knowledge. Although ‘principles’ papers are difficult to construct, a would-be writer should not be deterred, as readers are likely to appreciate the ease with which the main claims can be seen, and the paper may form a significant step towards the creation of higher order work.


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