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The Essential Guide to Using the Web for Research 1st Edition

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Well structured, thorough, accessibly written and presented, Nigel Ford uses lots of charts, diagrams and step-by-step guides to steer the reader... It is primarily targeted at undergraduate and postgraduate students who will definitely find it invaluable when setting out on their dissertations and theses...That said, this guide will prove equally useful for professional researchers in any field...Overall I consider this a very useful and timely book. Indeed I wish I'd seen it many years ago. Its key strengths are its pertinence to researchers' current needs, thoroughness, detailed discussions, accessibility, step by step approach and supply of handy techniques and tips.
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Ford offers the answers to the question of how to find interesting web material for your research and it is clear that here is where Ford’s expertise comes through. Personally, I use mainly Google, Picarta and some catalogues of universities and research institutions. Ford offers a number of additions to my repertoire. In addition to Google, he includes SciVerse Scopus and Web of Knowledge and advises that a systematic search strategy should constantly be evaluated and, if necessary, adjusted. (Raynald Bosch 2013-08-29)

About the Author

Nigel Ford is Professor in the University of Sheffield's Information School.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (November 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857023659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857023650
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,805,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenneth J. Kohutek VINE VOICE on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book starts off by explaining that university students must be prepared for the rigors expected in developing original, high-quality work.
Ford is able to bring together a wonderful text which takes the reader from assisting the student in knowing what is expected in a course (chapter 2) to the effective use of reference management software. As cited by the author, there were an estimated 19.4 billion pages on Google in August, 2011. This book takes the reader through the process of trying to tease through this mass of data to find what is "fool's gold" and real gold. He explains the difference between "descriptive, analysis and evaluative" essays (chapter 3). The author uses diagrams, flow charts and other visuals to assist the reader maximize the material.

This is a must read for the university student who aspires to excel in higher level education. Portions of each chapter could supplement any (most likely all) field of study requiring the skill of reviewing literature.
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