The College Student's Research Companion: Finding, Evaluating, and Citing the Resources You Need to Succeed / Edition 5

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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. Arlene Quartiello, formerly an academic librarian who now teaches college English, and Jane Devine, 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. Written in an easy, breezy style and filled with real-world examples, illustrative diagrams, and screen shots, this is the ideal 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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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
Quaratiello's latest edition of The College Student's Research Companion starts at 30,000 feet with an overview of how to use a library to tackle a research project, moves on to evaluating sources, addresses five different information types, and finishes with a concise review of how to get it all down on paper. While the author does accomplish thoroughness, she does not get bogged down in comprehensiveness—and that is a good thing. Because the author relies on shorter lists of excellent and well established sources, users are unlikely to be frustrated by dead ends or overwhelmed by too much information. While not the kitchen sink, this volume is a full plate of information that steps beyond the basics. Among the most helpful chapters are those that make sense of databases and how to find worthy periodical sources. With its highly detailed table of contents, readers will find this a handy desk reference for a quick dip in a moment of need. The readable tone promises tattered corners rather than dorm-room dust. Not to be missed is the book's companion website, which provides links to the sites referred to throughout. Up-to-date information is evident and the publisher's commitment to refreshing this title frequently—five times in the last fourteen years—make it a source worth getting familiar with. Clearly written with the college student in mind, other audiences can make excellent use of this title—including high school students, inquisitive adults, teaching librarians, and library science students. Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555707293
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 749,125
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Baumol was born in New York City, and received his BSS at the College of the City of New York and his Ph.D. at the University of London. He is professor of economics at New York University, and senior research economist and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He is a frequent consultant to the management of major firms in a wide variety of industries in the United States and other countries, as well as to a number of governmental agencies. In several fields, including the telecommunications and electric utility industries, current regulatory policy is based on his explicit recommendations. Among his many contributions to economics are research on the theory of the firm, the contestability of markets, the economics of the arts and other services — the ?cost disease of the services? is often referred to as ?Baumol's disease? —and economic growth, entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to economics, he taught a course in wood sculpture at Princeton for about 20 years. He has been president of the American Economic Association, and three other professional societies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, created by the U.S. Congress, and of the American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin. He also is on the board of trustees of the National Council on Economic Education, and of the Theater Development Fund. He is the recipient of 10 honorary degrees. Baumol is the author of more than 35 books, and hundreds of journal and newspaper articles. His writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Alan S. Blinder was born in New York City and attended Princeton University, where one of his teachers was William J. Baumol. After earning a master's degree at the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. at MIT, Blinder returned to Princeton, where he has taught since 1971. He is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and co-director of Princeton's Center for Economic Policy Studies, which he founded. In January 1993, Blinder went to Washington as part of President Clinton's first Council of Economic Advisers. From June 1994 through January 1996, he served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. He thus played a role in formulating both the fiscal and monetary policies of the 1990s, topics discussed extensively in this book. For more than 10 years, Blinder wrote newspaper and magazine columns on economic policy, and his op-ed pieces still appear regularly in various newspapers. Blinder has been vice president of the American Economic Association and is a member of both the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has two grown sons, and lives in Princeton with his wife, where he plays tennis as often as he can.

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Table of Contents

Part I: GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH ECONOMICS. 1. What Is Economics? 2. The Economy: Myth and Reality. 3. The Fundamental Economic Problem: Scarcity and Choice. 4. Supply and Demand: An Initial Look. Part II: THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DEMAND AND SUPPLY. 5. Consumer Choice: Individual and Market Demand. 6. Demand and Elasticity. 7. Production, Inputs, and Cost: Building Blocks for Supply Analysis. 8. Output, Price, and Profit: The Importance of Marginal Analysis. 9. Investing in Business: Stocks and Bonds. Part III: MARKETS AND THE PRICE SYSTEM. 10. The Firm and the Industry under Perfect Competition. 11. Monopoly. 12. Between Competition and Monopoly. 13. Limiting Market Power: Regulation and Antitrust. Part IV: THE VIRTUES AND LIMITATIONS OF MARKETS. 14. The Case for Free Markets I: The Price System. 15. The Shortcomings of Free Markets. 16. The Market's Prime Achievement: Innovation and Growth. 17. Externalities, the Environment, and Natural Resources. 18. Taxation and Resource Allocation. Pare V: THE DISTRIBUTION OF INCOME. 19. Pricing the Factors of Production. 20 Labor and Entrepreneurship: The Human Inputs. 21. Poverty, Inequality, and Discrimination. Part VI: THE UNITED STATES IN THE WORLD ECONOMY. 22. International Trade and Comparative Advantage.

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