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The college student's research companion : finding, evaluating, and citing the resources you need to succeed

Author: Arlene Rodda Quaratiello; Jane Devine
Publisher: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [2011]
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Fifth editionView all editions and formats
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This volume is a guide to using the library for the purpose of conducting research, using both traditional and online resources. Students will learn to select a topic, effectively find and evaluate the best information in both print and electronic formats, and produce accurate and complete citations based on current versions of important styles guides and web resources. Each chapter includes exercises that reinforce
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arlene Rodda Quaratiello; Jane Devine
ISBN: 9781555707293 1555707297
OCLC Number: 671736391
Description: xiii, 183 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Library logistics : devising a research plan. Choosing your research topic --
Planning your research --
How and where to find sources --
2. Reliable resources : evaluating information. The PACAC method : purpose; authority; currency; accuracy; content --
3. The wayward Web : finding good sites. The content of the Web --
The structure of the Web --
Searching techniques --
4. Database directions : honing your search. The structure of databases --
Searching databases --
Other useful database features --
5. Book bonanza : using the library catalog. Searching the online catalog --
Understanding the classification systems --
E-books --
6. Pertinent periodicals : searching for articles. Types of periodicals --
Choosing which periodical database to use --
Periodical database records --
Searching periodical databases --
Getting your hands on the articles --
7. Ready reference : getting answers. Reference and the Web --
Topic Selection and Background Information --
Using reference sources to understand your other sources --
Using reference sources to find supporting information --
Using reference sources to find additional sources --
Using reference sources to write and cite --
8. Integrated information : using sources. Taking notes : quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing --
Avoiding plagiarism --
Citing your sources --
Appendix A: Answers to exercises --
Appendix B: Common subscription databases --
Appendix C: Citation style guide.
Responsibility: Arlene R. Quaratiello with Jane Devine.

Abstract:

This volume is a guide to using the library for the purpose of conducting research, using both traditional and online resources. Students will learn to select a topic, effectively find and evaluate the best information in both print and electronic formats, and produce accurate and complete citations based on current versions of important styles guides and web resources. Each chapter includes exercises that reinforce the instruction and guidance.

Most students faced with writing a research paper probably start at the same place, Google. Here is a guide that will save students from fruitless, random web searching. The authors, one formerly an academic librarian who now teaches college English, and the other coauthor of Going Beyond Google, provide up to date guidance for using traditional and online sources. Students will learn to select a topic, effectively find and evaluate the best information in both print and electronic formats, and produce accurate and complete citations based on current versions of important styles guides and web resources. Each chapter includes exercises that reinforce the instruction and guidance. A companion website accompanies this new edition to give readers hot links for all of the book's URLs, and supplementary materials including additional exercises and examples that help clarify how to apply the techniques. This book is filled with real world examples, illustrative diagrams, and screen shots, and is a guide for anyone aspiring to write an excellent research paper on their own, or following this text in a research skills or information literacy course.

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