The Facts on File Guide to Research / Edition 2

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The Facts On File Guide to Research, Second Edition is the most comprehensive guide available to conducting thorough and accurate research. It includes detailed lists of thousands of resources and explains general research methods and proper citation of sources. This expanded and updated edition contains new information on Internet research, including up-to-date discussions of Google and other search engines, subject-specific keyword search strategies, a cautionary note about Wikipedia, and much more. The volume is divided into four easy-to-use sections:

Researching Your Topic contains a step-by-step guide to the research process, with information on developing a subject and planning research, gathering information, and evaluating sources

Finding Sources of Information explains how to find, access, and use a number of different sources, from archival collections and biographical indexes to government agencies, newspapers, and magazines, from online and electronic services to radio and television, and many more

Finding Sources by Subject contains detailed lists of credible research sources categorized by subject matter

Using Your Sources explains how to cite sources, avoid plagiarism, and create a bibliography

The Facts on File Guide to Research, Second Edition helps students and general readers prepare for research papers and class studies. Valuable appendixes cover style guides, including APA, MLA, and The Chicago Manual of Style.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Walter Hogan
This handbook will be a useful addition to the high school library, where it will be consulted by teachers as well as students. The Guide to Research is aimed at helping students to write essays and term papers. It covers many sources of information, including libraries, special and archival collections, newspapers, zines, and electronic databases. ItAEs strength is in the earlier, general sections where valuable tips are offered on getting off to a good start, preliminary planning, and following through to a completed project. It falls short in the latter sections when getting into specifics. Most of the second half consists of annotated bibliographical lists of resources appropriate to various subject disciplines, such as art history, chemistry, government and politics. The resources are presented alphabetically, with little explanation of their relative importance, the logical order in which to approach them, or the unique ways in which each discipline organizes information. A brief appendix covers the basics of APA, MLA, and Chicago styles. Although a useful acquisition for high school, college, and public library collections, it is not recommended for individual purchase. All high school students would do well to acquire a personal copy of either of the following exceptional and lower-priced guides to research and writing in the humanities and social sciences: Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, updated 4th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2005) or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed. (MLA, 2003). The former emphasizes general principles and preparation, whereas the latter is strongest on rules for research papers, yetboth provide valuable information on many aspects of writing and research.
Library Journal
Intended for grades six through 12, this one-stop subject guide may also benefit college-level students, since it presents information included in freshman composition courses. Lenburg (The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons) divides the book into four segments: topic development; source locating, from physical to virtual information reservoirs; specific search strategies; and proper citation formats. Especially enlightening are essays on keyword searches, a surprisingly complex research component that is well explained. This guide does not replace the highly detailed citation samples in guides like Diana Hacker's oft-reprinted A Writer's Reference, but a series of closing appendixes offer MLA-, APA-, and Chicago-style citation templates to follow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816081226
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Writers Library
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 992,873
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Expanded Table of Contents ix

Acknowledgments xxiii

Introduction xxxv

Section I Researching Your Topic

1 Developing Your Subject 3

2 Gathering Your Information 11

3 Evaluating Your Sources 29

Section II Finding Sources of Information

4 Finding Archives and Archival Collections 39

5 Finding Associations, Societies, and Organizations 56

6 Finding Biographical Information 79

7 Finding CD-ROM Collections 102

8 Finding Electronic Databases 122

9 Finding Electronic Journals, Zines, and Newsletters 157

10 Finding E-mail Discussion Groups and Newsgroups 195

11 Finding General References 205

12 Finding Government Publications and Agencies 237

13 Finding Libraries: Academic, Government, Research, Public, School, State, and Special Libraries 264

14 Finding Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, and Radio and Television News 285

15 Researching on the Web 336

16 Finding Search Engines 364

Section III Finding Sources by Subject

17 Aging 381

18 Business and Economics 394

19 Criminal Justice 408

20 Ecology and the Environment 425

21 Education 439

22 Film and Television 451

23 Health and Medicine 471

24 History 483

25 Law 496

26 Literature and Literary Criticism 510

27 Mathematics 530

28 Music 543

29 Nursing 555

30 Politics and Public Policy 568

31 Psychology 582

32 Religion and Theology 596

33 Science and Technology 610

34 Sports 628

35 Theater and Dance 642

36 Women's Studies 660

Section IV Using Your Sources

37 Citing Your Sources 677

38 Creating Your Bibliography, Works Cited, or References 686


Appendix I APA Style 691

Appendix II MLA Style 695

Appendix III The Chicago Manual of Style 698

Selected Bibliography 700

Index 702

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