Real World Research Skills: An Introduction to Factual, International, Judicial, Legislative, and Regulatory Research (Research Skills Series)

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9781587330933: Real World Research Skills: An Introduction to Factual, International, Judicial, Legislative, and Regulatory Research (Research Skills Series)

"Peggy Garvin is the 'go-to' Washington expert on how to effectively locate, evaluate and leverage information from federal and state government websites. If you buy one book this year to assist you in researching on the web, make it this one!" -- Sabrina I. Pacifici, Founder, Editor, Publisher, LLRX.com and Author of the blog on law and technology news, beSpacific.com, Washington, DC "Real World Research Skills helps web searchers target their research to some of the most reliable information sources -- government statistics, reports and analysis. It's a great pathfinder through the thickets of federal and state government resources, written in a format that makes it an essential desk book for the serious researcher." -- Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services Inc."This is an excellent basic resource for anyone in need of government information. It's very well-organized, with a good Scope note that clearly lays out the book's objectives. It includes important basics - how to think before you begin your research; how to work on unfamiliar topics; what to search and how to evaluate the results - which are not always included in books of this type. There's good advice on using advanced search options, understanding Boolean logic, and making a FOIA request, as well as a reminder that not everything is available online and print sources are still important. The layout is clear; charts and boxes make the information easy to find and use. The sections on state and international information are brief, but contain all the essentials.Though this book is aimed at those needing 'basic advice and techniques,' even experienced researchers can find a new resource or a bit of helpful advice. It will prove useful for information professionals, librarians, and anyone who needs to access government information." -- Kee Malesky, NPR Reference Library "Ms. Garvin's Real World Research Skills is a real find. As a professional researcher and professor, I found her book to be clear, concise, and supremely easy to use. Her examples of how to use the Internet to scour for accurate information on governmental sources are true gems. This handy little book will enhance the research skills of even old pros." -- Alphonse Vinh, Adjunct Professor, School of Library & Information Science, The Catholic University of America "While Real World Research Skills is a treasure trove of specific repositories and sites for information, of particular interest to me are the descriptions of the thought processes needed to obtain the information necessary for a research project. Also valuable is the discussion of the mindset needed when talking to an individual source, e.g., qualifying them as being a legitimate source, and making sure the researcher has a working knowledge of the issues so the source doesn't have to give a basic education. A valuable tool for high school and college students." -- Davis Scott, Chicago, IL

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This book compiles basic advice, techniques, reference information, and resources to help working professionals find accurate information quickly. It is written particularly for those whose work involves tapping into federal government information. The book began as a set of materials for TheCapitol.Net's seminar, "Research Skills for the Real World." It is designed to be used as a complement to that seminar or independently as a desk reference.The Introduction and first chapter cover practical principles of research and online searching, including the general search engines. These sections include checklists and advice that are applicable to many different research tasks and many different databases and search engines.The second, third, and fourth chapters present resources for federal legislative, judicial, and executive branch research.The fifth chapter covers starting points for state and international research on the web.The final chapter, "Experts and Insiders," has tips for tapping into that vital Washington information resource: people.In our knowledge economy, more and more people--with a wide range of education and experience--are moving into jobs that require some information-gathering skills. The research training provided at many schools lays a foundation, but often does not prepare us for the varied demands of the working world. This book is not intended to cover academic research resources, nor is it a comprehensive listing of Washington research resources. It supplies advice based on working knowledge and experience, and pointers to good places to start one's search.

About the Author:

PEGGY GARVIN is an independent information consultant. Her company, Garvin Information Consulting, provides training, writing, and consulting to help professionals make the best use of the wealth of U.S. government information online. Peggy has worked with government information, libraries, and information technology over her twenty-year career with the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service and in the private sector. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from Syracuse University.Peggy contributes to TheCapitol.Net's Congressional Deskbook and edits the annual reference book United States Government Internet Manual. Her monthly column, "The Government Domain," appears in the law and technology webzine, LLRX.com.

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