The Elements of Library Research, 1st Edition

  • Mary W. George
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  • ISBN-10: 1400830419
  • ISBN-13: 9781400830411
  • DDC: 025.524
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 201 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released April 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
1: Introduction to Research as Inquiry.
2: From Research Assignment to Research Plan.
3: Strategy and Tools for Discovery.
4: The Fine Art of Finding Sources.
5: Insight, Evaluation, Argument, and Beyond.
6: Good Habits, Helpful Hints, and Wrong Assumptions.
7: Mary's Maxims Compiled.
8: Research Timelines.
9: Questions to Ask Your Instructor.
10: Research Appointment Worksheet.
Glossary of Library Research Terms.
Selected Bibliography.