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Researching 101


36 tips to propel your college research
and help you find the authoritative information
your professor will love





By Ellen Metter







Copyright 2012 Ellen Metter

Smashwords Edition





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Table of Contents: The Tips
Introduction
First Steps to Excelling at College-level Research
1. Enjoy the luxury of time
2.
Define and describe your topic
3.
The reason for the big campus library
4.
Explore your library’s website ASAP
5.
When what you need isn’t in your library: borrowing stuff
6.
Sometimes it only looks like the Web
7.
Truth or baloney? Assessing information
8.
Stay happy by saving what you’ve found
Using the Web for College Assignments
9.
The wonderful/horrible Web
10.
The Web: what’s there for college students?
11.
Wikipedia: avoid or no?
Extracting Research Riches through your Library’s Catalog
12. The beautiful online catalog record
13.
Where are the books, videos, and CDs?
14.
The art of educated guessing: The journey from keywords to subject terms in your library’s catalog
15.
Where do subject terms come from?
16.
Hitting the subject bull’s-eye using LC subheadings
17.
The “search-everything-at-once” box: the Next Generation catalog
18.
Honing the catalog search
Finding and Selecting the Kind of Articles your Professor Expects
19. Understanding the critical differences between types of articles
20.
Databases and more: where to search for articles on your topic
21.
Choosing effective keywords for searching databases
22.
Article formats 101: online, print, and microformats
23.
Where are the full-text articles?
Searching Like a Pro by Using Expert Strategies
24. Crafting database, Web, and catalog searches that extract the information you need
25.
Search techniques unique to the Web
26.
Starting a love affair with citations: your path to full-text and spot-on information
27.
Lengthy writings needn’t inspire DREAD
28.
Venturing beyond page one: finding valuable information on page two and beyond
Enriching Your Writing by Finding Subject Overviews, Expert Input, Opposing Views, and Historical Details
29. Find subject overviews and jargon definitions
30.
There’s a movie on that
31.
Find stats & data for credibility and ZING
32.
In-person knowledge: tapping experts
33.
Quotes: find smart, inspiring, and jaw-dropping statements to use in writings and speeches
34.
Hot topics: cutting-edge and pro/con issues
35.
Location, location, location: finding local, state, national, and international information
36.
History research 101, including identifying “primary” sources
Formatting Your Paper and Bibliography
Putting it all Together: Sample Topic and Search Path: Claudia’s speech
Final Thoughts
Bonus Resources! Literature research 101 - Law research 101 - Business research 101
Author/Editor Information
Photo credits - - Bibliography

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