College Student's Research Companion Finding, Evaluating, and Citing the Resources You Need to Succeed

ISBN-10: 1555707297
ISBN-13: 9781555707293
Edition: 5th 2011
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List price: $54.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Most students faced with writing a research paper probably start at the same place - Google. Here's a cutting-edge guide that will save your students from fruitless, random Web searching. Students will learn to select a topic, effectively find and evaluate the best information in both print and electronic formats, and more.

Arlene R. Quaratiello (Durham, NH) is an adjunct instructor of English at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. She is the author of The College Student's Research Companion, 4th ed. (2007).

Jane Devine is an arts and crafts teacher.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Library Logistics: Devising a Research Plan
Choosing Your Research Topic
Narrowing Your Topic
Planning Your Research
Types of Sources
Informational Formats
The Information Cycle
Web-Based Resources
Books
Periodical Articles
Other Resources
How and Where to Find Sources
Using Other Libraries
Planning Your Time
Exercises
Reliable Resources: Evaluating Information
The PACAC Method
Purpose
Persuasion and the Use of Appeals
What Web Addresses Reveal about Purpose
Audience
Authority
Primary versus Secondary Sources
Currency
Accuracy
Content
Exercises
The Wayward Web: Finding Good Sites
The Content of the Web
Companies
Nonprofit Organizations
Government
Schools
Individuals
Social Networking
Wikis
The Structure of the Web
Searching Techniques
What are you Really Searching?
Searching Tips
Exercises
Database Directions: Honing Your Search
The Structure of Databases
Searching Databases
Keyword Searching Using AND
Keyword Searching Using OR
Truncation
Keyword Searching Using NOT
Combining AND, OR, and NOT
Problems with Keyword Searching
Field-Specific Searching
Searching by Subject
Other Useful Database Features
Federated Searching
Exercises
Book Bonanza: Using the Library Catalog
Searching the Online Catalog
Searching by Title or Author
Searching by Subject
Searching by Keyword
Understanding the Classification Systems
Dewey Decimal Classification
Library of Congress Classification
E-books
Subscription E-book Databases
Public Domain Texts on the Web
Downloading E-books
Exercises
Pertinent Periodicals: Searching for Articles
Types of Periodicals
Choosing Which Periodical Database to Use
Databases on your Library Website
Free Periodical Databases on the Web
Print Indexes
Periodical Database Records
Searching Periodical Databases
Subject versus Keyword Searching
Broadening Your Search by Searching the Full Text
Narrowing Your Search
Limiters
Proximity Operators
Field-Specific Searching
Getting Your Hands on the Articles
Formats
Periodical Organization
What If your Library doesn't have it?
Exercises
Ready Reference: Getting Answers
Reference and the Web
Topic Selection and Background Information
Encyclopedias
Britannica Online
A Word about Wikipedia
Subject-Specific Encyclopedias
CQ Researcher: An Encyclopedic Guide to "Hot Topics"
Exercises
Using Reference Sources to Understand Your Other Sources
Dictionaries
Exercises
Using Reference Sources to Find Supporting Information
Finding Statistical and Geographical Information
Exercises
Finding Chronological Information
Exercises
Finding Biographical Information
Exercises
Finding People and Organizations
Exercises
Finding Quotations
Exercises
Using Reference Sources to Find Additional Sources
Using Reference Sources to Write and Cite
Exercises
Integrated Information: Using Sources
Taking Notes: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
Quoting Your Sources
Brackets
Ellipses
Paraphrasing
To Quote or to Paraphrase? That is the Question
Summarizing
Composing Summaries for Annotated Bibliographies
Noting Source Information
Avoiding Plagiarism
Citing Your Sources
Citation Styles
Incorporating Notes into Your Paper
Citing Websites
Citing Periodical Articles
Citing Books
Exercises
Answers to Exercises
Common Subscription Databases
Citation Style Guide
Index
About the Authors

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