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Practical, relevant, and reflecting the latest technologies available, RESEARCH STRATEGIES FOR A DIGITAL AGE, FOURTH EDITION, provides a thorough, step-by-step guide that helps students increase their knowledge as they develop invaluable research skills they can use for a lifetime. This text blends traditional research methods with detailed instruction on how to use and evaluate electronic research technologies. It equips students with research skills critical to today's online environment--skills they can immediately begin putting into action. Author Bonnie Tensen introduces students to research by beginning in the digital library. Using online catalogs and databases in a controlled environment with credible sources enables students to develop and sharpen their research and analytical skills before they expand their search to the vast resources--both credible and questionable--on the Internet. The text is packed with current examples, insightful illustrations, and practical tips to help students get the most from today's wealth of resources.
- Revised and relocated coverage of Boolean searches in Chapter 3, "Become a Research 'Supersleuth,'" shows students how to locate the information they need in their research.
- A completely revised Chapter 5, "How to Surf the Web without Drowning," helps students to conduct effective online research using the latest tools and technologies, such as Google Scholar.
- A new Part 3, "Incorporating Your Research," helps students to understand and avoid various kinds of plagiarism, and to incorporate and document sources correctly.
- Updated and expanded coverage of MLA, APA, CSE, and CMS documentation styles in Part 4 provides students with specific guidelines to ensure that they accurately and appropriately document their online research for writing assignments in a variety of disciplines. Chapters 9-12 contain the latest citation guidelines, sample research papers, and numerous models, including several new models for Web publications.
- Revised "E-Tip" boxes reflect the latest Internet search tools, and new website screenshots and examples provide students with the most up-to-date technological information available.
- This versatile text incorporates fundamental traditional research skills and specific instruction on finding and evaluating current Web sources, giving students both the core skills and specialized knowledge they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
- The text introduces students to the Internet in a controlled environment with credible sources using a digital library card catalog. This ensures that students fully develop the analytical skills necessary for locating and assessing sources before expanding their inquiries to the broader Internet.
- Sample student papers in Part 4, "Research Documentation," illustrate the use of proper documentation for a variety of sources, providing students with concrete and realistic examples to help them thoroughly learn and correctly apply their research skills.
- Expanding on chapter content, "E-Tip" boxes offer practical insights and tools students can begin applying as they conduct their own online research.
PART I: RESEARCH BASICS.
1. Get Off to a Good Start.
Step 1: Choose a Topic. Step 2: Narrow Your Focus. Exercises.
2. Find the Perfect Match: Effective Search Terms.
Where Do You Find the Perfect Match? How Do You Find the Perfect Match? Exercises.
3.Become a Research "Supersleuth."
Ask Questions. Make Connections. Background Checks. The Thrill of the Hunt. Exercises.
4. Databases: Get Immediate Results.
What Is a Database? Get to Know Your Databases. How Do Databases Work? Exercises.
PART II: RESEARCH USING THE WORLD WIDE WEB.
5. How to Surf the Web without Drowning.
Academic Research on the WWW Must Be Authenticated. Begin Your Net Search in "Stocked Ponds." Surfing the Big WWWave. Academic Research on the WWW Requires Careful Evaluation. Exercises.
6. Field Research Online.
Conducting an Interview. Developing a Survey. Exercises.
PART III: INCORPORATING YOUR RESEARCH.
7. Academic Integrity.
Research Writing in a Cut & Paste WWWorld. The Many Faces of Plagiarism. Exercises.
8. Documentation: General Rules.
A Sure Way to Impress: Incorporate and Document with Skill. ID Your Source: The Key to Documenting Correctly. Exercises.
PART IV: RESEARCH DOCUMENTATION.
9. Documentation: MLA Format.
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. MLA In-Text Citations. MLA Works Cited Entries. Sample Research Paper Using MLA Style. Sample Literary Analysis Research Paper Using MLA Style.
10. Documentation: APA Format.
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. APA In-Text Citations. APA Reference List Entries. Sample Research Paper Using APA Style.
11. Documentation: CSE Format.
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. CSE In-Text Citations. CSE Reference List Entries. Sample Research Paper Using CSE Style.
12.Documentation: CMS Format.
Directory of Note and Bibliography Entry Formats. CMS Footnotes, Endnotes, and Bibliographies. CMS Footnote/Endnote and Bibliography Format. Sample Research Paper Using CMS Style.
"The author's 'e-tips' are a good format for quickly digestible summaries of successive pages on a topic."
"Explanations and relevant examples appeal to students; they are no longer daunted by formal research and begin to see it merely as an extension of what they are already doing successfully in their personal use of technology."