9781413019230

Research Strategies for a Digital Age

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  • ISBN13:

    9781413019230

  • ISBN10:

    1413019234

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 7/13/2006
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

Blending traditional research methods with detailed instruction on how to use and evaluate electronic research technologies, RESEARCH STRATEGIES FOR A DIGITAL AGE equips you with the research skills you need for today's online environment. The author introduces you to research by beginning in the digital library (i.e., the online catalog and databases). These library tools provide a controlled environment with credible sources to help you develop the analytical skills you needfor locating and assessing sources.

Table of Contents

Preface v
PART ONE RESEARCH BASICS
CHAPTER 1 GET OFF TO A GOOD START
3(14)
Step 1: Choose a Topic
4(9)
Step 2: Narrow Your Focus
13(2)
Exercises
15(2)
CHAPTER 2 FIND THE PERFECT MATCH
17(18)
Where Do You Find the Perfect Match?
18(5)
How Do You Find the Perfect Match?
23(9)
Exercises
32(3)
CHAPTER 3 BECOME A RESEARCH "SUPERSLEUTH"
35(20)
Ask Questions
36(4)
Make Connections
40(2)
Background Checks
42(10)
The Thrill of the Hunt
52(1)
Exercises
53(2)
CHAPTER 4 GET IMMEDIATE RESULTS: DATABASES
55(14)
What Is a Database?
56(3)
Get to Know Your Databases
59(1)
How Do Databases Work?
60(5)
Exercises
65(4)
PART TWO RESEARCH USING THE WORLD WIDE WEB
CHAPTER 5 CAST YOUR NET IN STOCKED PONDS
69(16)
Academic Research on the Internet Must Be Authenticated
70(2)
Academic Research on the Internet Must Be Done in "Stocked Ponds"
72(5)
Use the Best Commercial Search Engines
77(3)
Academic Research on the Internet Requires Careful Evaluation
80(3)
Exercises
83(2)
CHAPTER 6 FIELD RESEARCH ONLINE
85(12)
Conducting an Interview
86(4)
Developing a Survey
90(3)
Exercises
93(4)
PART THREE RESEARCH DOCUMENTATION
CHAPTER 7 DOCUMENTATION: GENERAL RULES
97(12)
A Few Words About Plagiarism: DON'T DO IT'
98(3)
A Sure Way to Impress: Incorporate and Document with Skill
101(5)
Exercises
106(3)
CHAPTER 8 DOCUMENTATION: MLA FORMAT
109(40)
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats
108(2)
MLA In-Text Citations
110(4)
MLA Works Cited Entries
114(18)
Sample Research Paper Using MLA Style
132(8)
Sample Literary Analysis Research Paper Using MLA Style
140(9)
CHAPTER 9 DOCUMENTATION: APA FORMAT
149(28)
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats
148(2)
APA In-Text Citations
150(3)
APA Reference List Entries
153(14)
Sample Research Paper Using APA Style
167(10)
CHAPTER 10 DOCUMENTATION: CSE FORMAT
177(32)
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats
176(2)
CSE In-Text Citations
178(2)
CSE Reference List Entries
180(17)
Sample Research Paper Using CSE Style
197(12)
CHAPTER 11 DOCUMENTATION: CMS FORMAT
209(32)
Directory of Note and Bibliography Entry Formats
208(2)
CMS Footnotes, Endnotes, and Bibliographies
210(3)
CMS Footnote/Endnote and Bibliography Format
213(15)
Sample Research Paper Using CMS Style
228(13)
Index 241(6)
Credits 247

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