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Research design is the bedrock or roadmap of any research work which is anticipated to provide suitable framework on how a study is to be conducted. This design should be carefully prepared prior to the commencement of the research. The type of identified research problem will determine the research design and not vice-versa. Also, the questions to be answered by conducting the research constitute the most important element of any research design. In accordance to literature, the most predominant designs used in Library and information Science (LIS) researches are: Case study, Survey and Experimental designs. This study explained in details these three common designs in LIS in terms of when to be used and how it is been designed. Therefore, it is crucial for LIS researchers to understand these designs in order to always use effective, appropriate and achievable research designs.