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Student Guide to Research in the Digital Age How to Locate and Evaluate Information Sources

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ISBN-10: 1591580994

ISBN-13: 9781591580997

Edition: 2006 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)

Authors: Leslie Stebbins

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One of the most perplexing aspects of research today is what to do when there's too much information on a topic. What then of the librarian, charged with teaching new generations to appreciate the search for intellectual wheat, especially when the chaff has greater appeal? The key, suggests Leslie Stebbins, is to impress upon students the importance of good filtering instincts and careful management of search results. At the same time, it is equally essential to impress upon them the particular challenges and controversies that accompany research in a digital environment. Chapter one provides a step-by-step introduction to both research and critical evaluation that can be followed for any…    
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List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 12/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.46" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Research and Critical Evaluation
Follow the Seven Steps of Research, but Be Flexible!
Define Your Research Question
Ask for Help
Develop a Research Strategy and Locate Resources
Use Effective Search Techniques
Read Critically, Synthesize, and Seek Meaning
Understand the Scholarly Communication Process and Cite Sources
Critically Evaluate Sources
Finding Books and Ebooks
Books and Scholarly Research
Use Books as a Shortcut
Use a Subject Encyclopedia to Start Your Research
Use Bibliographies and Web Guides to Locate Key Resources
Use Reference Books to Locate Quick Factual Information
Find Reference Books
Use Scholarly Books for a Broad and Deep Overview
Use Ebooks for Research
Do Not Read the Entire Book
Don't Use Books If...
Use Filtering Devices to Deal with Information Overload
Critically Evaluate Books
Scholarly and Popular Articles
Identify and Use Scholarly Journal Articles
Use Magazine and Newspaper Articles When Appropriate
Choose Databases to Search for Articles
Develop Effective Search Strategies
Locate Articles
Use Open Access Journals, Preprint Servers, and Institutional Repositories/University Web Sites
Evaluate Articles
Understand the Role of Informal Information Sources: Personal Web Pages, Blogs, and Wikis
Primary Sources: Online Tools and Digitized Collections
What Are Primary Sources?
Understand the Types of Primary Sources
Plan Your Research Strategy
Find Digitized Primary Source Collections on the Web
Find Primary Sources Using the Online Library Catalog
Visit Your Special Collections Department
Find Historical Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Use Special Microform Collections of Primary Sources
Critically Evaluate Primary Sources
Biographical Research
Develop a Strategy
Find Critical Essays and Brief Factual Information
Find Published Autobiographies and Biographies
Find Biographical Writings by Lesser-Known Individuals
Critically Evaluate Autobiographies and Biographies
Find Diaries
Critically Evaluate Diaries
Find Oral Histories
Critically Evaluate Oral Histories
Validate Biographical Writings Using Secondary Sources
Use Biographical Web Sites with Caution
Critically Evaluate Biographical Web Sites
Legal Research
Find Primary and Secondary Legal Resources
Find Case Law
Use Secondary Sources to Find Related Cases and Analysis on Points of Law
Understand Citations to Court Cases
Use a Legal Dictionary to Decipher Legal Terms
Find Supreme Court Cases
Find Lower Federal Court Cases
Find State Court Cases
Determine Whether a Case Is Still "Good Law"
Critically Evaluate Legal Resources
United States Government Documents and Statistics
Find Federal Agency Documents
Find Presidential Information Sources
Find Legislative Information
Find Government Documents from Other Countries and Resources from Intergovernmental Organizations
Critically Evaluate Government Documents
Find Statistics
Critically Evaluate Statistics
Citing Sources, Avoiding Plagiarism, and Organizing References
Develop a System for Taking Notes
Steer Clear of All Types of Plagiarism
Choose a Style Manual
Choose a Documentation Style
Use the Following Examples from the Chicago Manual of Style to Format your References
Use Bibliographic Software to Cite Your Sources
Bring Evaluation into the Process
Specialized Journal Article Databases: Indexes and Full Text
Title Index
Subject Index