The Research Paper and the World Wide Web

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9780130965943: The Research Paper and the World Wide Web

This is a guide which provides readers with strategies for conducting research on the Web. Partly a guide to writing research papers and partly an introduction to Web searching, this book demonstrates how to use Web tools to search the Web and libraries on the Internet, and suggests ways to organize the material gathered. It clarifies the interplay between traditional book sources, electronic resources and Web sources in the research process by integrating library searching and Web searching throughout the research and writing process. It also provides other general advice on writing research papers, as well as specific advice for the Internet, including guidelines for establishing research questions, and contains sections on Internet citation style, and suggestions on incorporating Web pages and e-mail messages research notes. The text features a Web page for subscribers, with interactive areas where readers can locate research partners and read chapter updates. Finally, it concludes with exercises and suggested writing assignments using Internet and Web topics.

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Full of practical writing assignments, this state-of-the-art text on Web searching provides students in all fields with strategies for conducting research on the Internet. Technically two books in one (a guide to writing research papers and an introduction to Web searching), it demonstrates how to use Web tools to search the Web and libraries on the Internet; provides starting points for finding local and world-wide resources on the Internet; and suggests ways to organize all the information once gathered.

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Helping today's writers tap into technology, this systematic, non-technical, state-of-the-art guide to writing research papers using the Web demonstrates how to use Web tools to search the Web and libraries on the Internet; provides starting points for finding local and world-wide resources on the Internet; and suggests ways to organize all the information once gathered. Begins with a thorough review of the research process. Provides a strong link between library and Web research and helps readers map out effective searching strategies. Includes current documentation citation styles for all standard sources—print as well as Web—and contains new sections on summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting sources. Dedicates entire chapters to evaluating sources; using mail, newsgroups, forums, and listservs as research tools; taking notes and organizing information. Presents “A Beginner's Guide to the Internet”, and offers an online companion website that complements both chapter content and end-of-chapter exercises. For anyone writing research papers who wants to get the most out of available print and online resources.

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