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The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know
     

The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know

by Mary W. George
 

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ISBN-10: 0691131503

ISBN-13: 9780691131504

Pub. Date: 08/25/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

To do solid academic research, college students need to look beyond the computer search engine. This short, practical book introduces students to the important components of the information-seeking process. The Elements of Library Research provides a foundation for success in any research assignment, from a freshman paper to a senior thesis.

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To do solid academic research, college students need to look beyond the computer search engine. This short, practical book introduces students to the important components of the information-seeking process. The Elements of Library Research provides a foundation for success in any research assignment, from a freshman paper to a senior thesis.

Unlike guides that describe the research process but do not explain its logic, this book focuses entirely on basic concepts, strategies, tools, and tactics for research—in both electronic and print formats. Drawing on decades of experience with undergraduates, reference librarian Mary George arms students with the critical thinking skills and procedures they need to approach any academic project with confidence.

  • Ways to turn a topic into a research question
  • Techniques for effective online searches
  • How to evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • When and how to confer with reference librarians and faculty
  • How to avoid plagiarism
  • Glossary of key terms, from Boolean search to peer review
  • Checklists, timelines, and hints for successful research projects

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691131504
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/25/2008
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Chapter 1: Introduction to Research as Inquiry 1
Chapter 2: From Research Assignment to Research Plan 14
Chapter 3: Strategy and Tools for Discovery 64
Chapter 4: The Fine Art of Finding Sources 90
Chapter 5: Insight, Evaluation, Argument, and Beyond 126
Appendix A: Good Habits, Helpful Hints, and Wrong Assumptions 145
Appendix B: Mary's Maxims Compiled 147
Appendix C: Research Timelines 149
Appendix D: Questions to Ask Your Instructor 161
Appendix E: Research Appointment Worksheet 163
Glossary of Library Research Terms 165
Selected Bibliography 191
Index 195

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