The College Student's Research Companion
This user-friendly guide is ideal for students faced with writing their first assignment using the college library--and makes an ideal text for information literacy classes and workshops. Quaratiello covers everything students need to know about finding information in all formats, including Web searching skills. She begins with library organization basics, including using the OPAC, and moves through essential reference books, use of periodical indexes, CD-ROM databases in libraries, using online databases (including InfoTrac, EBSCOhost, and ingenta) for research, and how to find and assess information on the Internet. Substantial changes have been made to the chapters about Web searches and popular electronic resources. Quartiello's concise, breezy style has been proven to appeal to today's college students. This completely updated third edition is more useful and practical than ever as both a basic guide and text for information literacy instruction.
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The term research here refers really to the finding and citing of information for whatever project you have been assigned. Quaratiello concentrates on: locating books, doing database searches, finding periodicals, exploring reference sources, selecting electronic resources, navigating the world wide web, and citing information from those sources. In this edition, the author updates every section to bring it as current as possible. So who is this manual for? High school seniors and college kids could use it in lieu of a library orientation session where finding is the central element of the librarianís contribution. But, somehow, we just canít see loads of students impatient to get their assignments done, spending any time at all reading a book on refining their search techniques. Worked in cleverly into collaborative topical searches, maybe. But our quarrel is that research is so much more than finding and citing these days and the librarian who just concentrates on finding and locating with the students is missing the boat. We all have to remember that our comfortable friend Google is always there and returns instant results. All the more reasons to pull student attention away and into weightier issues such as quality information, analysis, synthesis, and big picture issues. Perhaps we are unfair suggesting what the author did not set out to do, but such a guide keeps reinforcing the stereotype of the librarianís role in information is to help in finding and locating. Perhaps this guide is a check for librarians who are teaching finding and locating as one aspect. Are there ideas here or tips we could use to help students in specific disciplines as we do focused research on topics as opposed to those plagiaristic ďpick any topicĒ assignments? Recommended with reservation.
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