Science and Technology Research: Writing Strategies for Students

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This is the only handbook available today that specifically addresses researchers in science and technology. Based on a popular library course taught by the authors at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, it provides an overview of information resources today, emphasizing those most readily available in academic libraries. It presents a general overview of the research process, and covers not only general reference sources, but tools for more specialized research, including geographic information, statistical resources, indexes, and a variety of other sources. It concludes with a sample research strategy, illustrating the principles developed throughout the book.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Chemical Education
An excellent guide to literature research and evaluation skills…a great book to recommend to students about to confront a research library for the first time.
The principles of research are concisely presented and the writing is very accessible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810844292
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina M. Neville is Head of Reference at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Library. She is a reviewer for Library Journal and has published in College & Research Libraries News. Deborah B. Henry is a reference librarian and a marine science liaison at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Library. Bruce D. Neville is the Collection Development Coordinator and reference librarian at the Centennial Science and Engineering Library at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
1 Entering the Library World 1
2 Getting Focused 5
3 The First Step: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Other Ready-Reference Resources 17
4 Getting Down to Business 27
5 Composing Your Search Strategy 35
6 Advanced On-line Searching 49
7 Moving Along: Locating Books 57
8 Locating Information in Journals, Conference Proceedings, and Newspapers 77
9 Locating Quality Information on the World Wide Web 99
10 Government Resources 111
11 What Have I Found? Evaluating Information 129
12 Where Do I Go from Here? 147
App. 1: Ten Tips for Efficient Library Research 155
App. 2: Sample Research Strategy 157
Glossary 179
Bibliography 197
Index 209
About the Authors 215
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