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Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog Hardcover – April 14, 2011
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He begins with a look at paper design, and the place from which to begin your research. He then moves to database, periodical and internet searches. He then discusses how to formulate your research into a working topic, and organizing your data.
He writes for people who have never really used a library effectively or used a computer for research. Overall, this is a superb introduction to research that should be read by anyone attempting research.
As a high school librarian I was excited to find this book and plan to use it a a teaching tool for research.
The author, a college librarian in British Columbia, gives a step-by-step introduction to the "information fog" and deals with such topics as defining the need for research and refining a topic, using keyword searching and metadata and controlled vocabularies, library catalogs and online databases, general internet research and other research sources.
A strength of the book is the humorous approach which tones down what most other authors seem to take too seriously. In his preface, for example, Badke states: "This book is definitely for you if you are: a university student whose term papers have been patented as a cure for insomnia; a Dilbert of industry who's been told to do a feasibility study on the expansion potential of ice cream bar sales in Nome, Alaska; a simple honest citizen trying to find the truth behind the advertising so that the next car you buy won't be like your last disaster-mobile, the car that made you persona non grata at the automobile association."
I had an earlier edition of this title which I liked also and so when I discovered the 3rd edition had been published I immediately ordered it. The way that the world of research changes continually means that what was once cutting edge is no longer so and having the latest is really important. I was impressed that the book mentions the Amazon Kindle which was only made available last (2007) November.
If readers follow this guide, they should be able to access the information needed much quicker and easier. It will save students valuable time as they learn research skills and strategies needed (needed for college and universities assignments). It will also make the research more accurate, as the student learns how to access information written by the best scholars in the field. A small price to pay for a resource is worth so much.
The author writes in an easy to read style. Hint: to get the most benefit out of this resource, take the time to do the practice exercises before getting involved in your actual research. If you do this, it should take you less time to do the actual research for your assignments. Try it. It works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute, funny, and clear. I love this book! It has a lot of great information about research and writting essay's as well as a bunch of links and secrets that you would have never... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Customer
This book was very informative and served me well. I discovered a plethora of ways to locate data.Published 2 months ago by terrence a brown
Best research book EVER! Puts the fun into finding the right information right now. Author is understanding and guides the reader in a funny and knowledgeable approach. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lacye Martini
If you've been living under a rock, this may be for you. If you know what google is, don't waste your money.Published 7 months ago by axeman
Good book, gives a lot of useful information, I even felt like it was a cheat sheet for researching online.Published 11 months ago by D.B