Higher Education

Thomson Engineering Guide to Web Research 2007-2008, 1st Edition

  • Grant Heckman University of New Brunswick at Saint John
  • David Ingre
  • ISBN-10: 0495082600  |  ISBN-13: 9780495082606
  • 80 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $24.75



A concise, practical guide to conducting web research for undergraduate students, the Thomson Engineering Guide to Web Research 2007-2008 is the prefect compliment to any course that requires students to navigate the online environment for information. Small, portable, and affordable this versatile product stands on its own but can be packaged to augment any text or course where instructors want to help their students succeed.

Features and Benefits

  • An indispensable resource that students will reference throughout their academic careers, the Thomson Engineering Guide to Web Research has been written to reflect the ever-changing online environment.
  • Recognizing that the Internet is an excellent resource for academic papers, reports, and projects, this compact guide helps students navigate the online environment and evaluate the best the World Wide Web has to offer.
  • Students will be equipped with a mastery of basic techniques and crucial tools that will enable them to move quickly and efficiently to the most useful information.
  • Loaded with information on new resources such as Google Scholar® and Google Print®, this edition also includes updated resource lists for multiple disciplines.
  • Updated guidelines for properly referencing online sources using APA, MLA, and CBE documentation styles compliment the information regarding plagiarism.
  • Detailed descriptions of search engines and directories help students refine their search parameters and get to the information they seek efficiently.

Table of Contents

The Nature and Organization of the Internet / The Strengths and Limitations of the Internet as a Research Tool

1. Finding Information
Understanding URLs / Planning and Refining a Search / Search Engines: Boolean Operators, Phrases, Wildcards (Truncation), Proximity Operators, Parentheses (Nesting), major Differences between Search Engines, Features and Characteristics of Various Search Engines / Metasearch Tools / Directories: General Interest Directories, Academic Directories, Specialized Directories / Finding Sites of Specifically American Interest on the Internet / Search Strategies

2. Resources
Libraries / Electronic Research Resources: Fee-Based Databases, Free Internet Resources – Journals, Text Collections, and News, The Invisible Web / Government Information: American, International / Listservs, Newsgroups, Chats, Blogs, and Bulletin Boards / E-mail / Reference Information / Information on Academic Writing: Online Writing Labs (OWLs), Language Skills, Essay Writing, ESL Resources, Plagiarism, Critical Thinking

3. Managing Information
The Changing Role of Online Information in the Academic World / Evaluating Internet Sources / Bookmarks / Printing and Saving Online Information / Keeping Up

4. Citing Internet Sources
MLA Style: Citation Models, Examples of MLA Style / APA Style: Citation Models, Examples of APA Style / CBE Style: Citation Models, Examples of CBE Style / Web Sites Containing Citation Information: MLA Style, APA Style, CBE Style

5. A List of Useful Sites by Discipline
Engineering Ethics / Aeronautics and Astronautics / Biological Engineering / Chemical Engineering / Civil Engineering / Computer Science & Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Environmental Engineering / Environmental Science / Mechanical Engineering / Nuclear Engineering / Systems Engineering

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  • International Student Edition

    ISBN-10: 0495295922 | ISBN-13: 9780495295921

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Grant Heckman

Grant Heckman is a writing instructor and tutor at the University of New Brunswick - St. Johns Writing Centre. Grant is an accomplished musician. His theatrical scores include Margo Buttons The Unhinging of Wings, Michael OBrien's Mad Boy Chronicle, and Sir John, Eh?, which Grant co-authored with Jim Garrard and which was nominated for a Dora Award (best new musical) in 1999. Grant has also contributed music to many CBC radio dramas. His most recent CD is From Saints Rest.

David Ingre

A veteran of the Applied Communications Department of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's School of Business, David Ingre has taught a variety of business, technical, and professional writing and communication courses in American and Canadian colleges, universities, and corporate training programs for more than 25 years. He has worked as a federal government civil servant, as an instructional designer, and as a teacher of English as a second language on two continents. Mr. Ingre owns a consulting service that focuses on curriculum development, the creation of promotional and marketing materials, and specialized correspondence. His business communications textbooks have been published in both the United States and Canada. With an academic background in Romance Linguistics, Mr. Ingre is fluent in French and Spanish.