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

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-06-30
  • Publisher: Neal Schuman Pub

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Library Logistics: Devising a Research Planp. 1
Choosing Your Research Topicp. 3
Narrowing Your Topicp. 4
Planning Your Researchp. 8
Types of Sourcesp. 8
Informational Formatsp. 8
The Information Cyclep. 9
Web-Based Resourcesp. 10
Booksp. 11
Periodical Articlesp. 12
Other Resourcesp. 13
How and Where to Find Sourcesp. 13
Using Other Librariesp. 14
Planning Your Timep. 14
Exercisesp. 16
Reliable Resources: Evaluating Informationp. 19
The PACAC Methodp. 20
Purposep. 21
Persuasion and the Use of Appealsp. 22
What Web Addresses Reveal about Purposep. 23
Audiencep. 24
Authorityp. 24
Primary versus Secondary Sourcesp. 26
Currencyp. 27
Accuracyp. 28
Contentp. 29
Exercisesp. 30
The Wayward Web: Finding Good Sitesp. 33
The Content of the Webp. 35
Companiesp. 35
Nonprofit Organizationsp. 35
Governmentp. 36
Schoolsp. 36
Individualsp. 36
Social Networkingp. 37
Wikisp. 38
The Structure of the Webp. 38
Searching Techniquesp. 42
What are you Really Searching?p. 44
Searching Tipsp. 46
Exercisesp. 50
Database Directions: Honing Your Searchp. 53
The Structure of Databasesp. 55
Searching Databasesp. 58
Keyword Searching Using ANDp. 58
Keyword Searching Using ORp. 60
Truncationp. 61
Keyword Searching Using NOTp. 61
Combining AND, OR, and NOTp. 62
Problems with Keyword Searchingp. 64
Field-Specific Searchingp. 65
Searching by Subjectp. 66
Other Useful Database Featuresp. 68
Federated Searchingp. 68
Exercisesp. 69
Book Bonanza: Using the Library Catalogp. 71
Searching the Online Catalogp. 73
Searching by Title or Authorp. 74
Searching by Subjectp. 75
Searching by Keywordp. 78
Understanding the Classification Systemsp. 79
Dewey Decimal Classificationp. 80
Library of Congress Classificationp. 81
E-booksp. 85
Subscription E-book Databasesp. 85
Public Domain Texts on the Webp. 86
Downloading E-booksp. 87
Exercisesp. 88
Pertinent Periodicals: Searching for Articlesp. 91
Types of Periodicalsp. 92
Choosing Which Periodical Database to Usep. 94
Databases on your Library Websitep. 94
Free Periodical Databases on the Webp. 96
Print Indexesp. 97
Periodical Database Recordsp. 97
Searching Periodical Databasesp. 99
Subject versus Keyword Searchingp. 99
Broadening Your Search by Searching the Full Textp. 101
Narrowing Your Searchp. 101
Limitersp. 101
Proximity Operatorsp. 102
Field-Specific Searchingp. 103
Getting Your Hands on the Articlesp. 103
Formatsp. 104
Periodical Organizationp. 106
What If your Library doesn't have it?p. 106
Exercisesp. 107
Ready Reference: Getting Answersp. 109
Reference and the Webp. 109
Topic Selection and Background Informationp. 110
Encyclopediasp. 110
Britannica Onlinep. 111
A Word about Wikipediap. 111
Subject-Specific Encyclopediasp. 112
CQ Researcher: An Encyclopedic Guide to "Hot Topics"p. 113
Exercisesp. 114
Using Reference Sources to Understand Your Other Sourcesp. 114
Dictionariesp. 115
Exercisesp. 115
Using Reference Sources to Find Supporting Informationp. 116
Finding Statistical and Geographical Informationp. 117
Exercisesp. 120
Finding Chronological Informationp. 120
Exercisesp. 121
Finding Biographical Informationp. 121
Exercisesp. 122
Finding People and Organizationsp. 122
Exercisesp. 123
Finding Quotationsp. 123
Exercisesp. 123
Using Reference Sources to Find Additional Sourcesp. 124
Using Reference Sources to Write and Citep. 124
Exercisesp. 125
Integrated Information: Using Sourcesp. 127
Taking Notes: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizingp. 127
Quoting Your Sourcesp. 127
Bracketsp. 128
Ellipsesp. 128
Paraphrasingp. 129
To Quote or to Paraphrase? That is the Questionp. 130
Summarizingp. 131
Composing Summaries for Annotated Bibliographiesp. 132
Noting Source Informationp. 133
Avoiding Plagiarismp. 133
Citing Your Sourcesp. 135
Citation Stylesp. 136
Incorporating Notes into Your Paperp. 140
Citing Websitesp. 140
Citing Periodical Articlesp. 141
Citing Booksp. 142
Exercisesp. 143
Answers to Exercisesp. 147
Common Subscription Databasesp. 157
Citation Style Guidep. 161
Indexp. 173
About the Authorsp. 183
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