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How to Find Information: A Guide for Researchers (edition 2008)
by Sally Rumsey
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0335226310, Paperback)How do I find relevant information for my thesis, dissertation or report? How do I evaluate the relevance and quality of the information I find? How do I find the most up to date information in my subject area? Anyone setting out to research a topic, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level, needs to find information to inform their work and support their arguments. This book enables researchers to become expert in finding, accessing and evaluating information for dissertations, projects or reports.
The book works systematically through the information-seeking process, from planning the search to evaluating and managing the end results. It suggests how to do this efficiently and effectively whilst using a range of sources including online bibliographic databases and the internet.
This edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the use of new technologies in research by offering the most contemporary information on: Online research Critical evaluation of resources Intellectual property rights Research communities The changing landscape of research information Subject-specific resources Written by an academic librarian, this book provides key reading, not only for academic researchers, but for anyone working for commercial, public or government bodies who has to contribute to research projects.
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Summary: "Anyone setting out to research a topic, whether undertaking a project, report, dissertation or PhD, needs to find appropriate resources to inform their work and support their arguments. This book enables researchers to become expert at tracking down, accessing and evaluating information." "This concise and contemporary book covers all major areas of information seeking and selection for researchers. Written by an information professional, it is invaluable for anyone researching a topic, including academics and students, public and government researchers and researchers in the private sector."--BOOK JACKET. Contents: The information-gathering process -- Using a library -- Formats of information sources -- Finding information about existing research -- Identifying the information need -- Resource discovery -- The online searching process -- Citation searching -- Resource location -- Using the world wide web for research -- Accessing materials -- Evaluation of resources -- Citing references -- Keeping records -- Intellectual property and plagiarism -- The research community and keeping up to date -- The changing landscape of research.
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