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The college student's research companion
Quaratiello, Arlene Rodda.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Neal Schuman Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 153 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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Z710 .Q37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This thoroughly revised second edition of The College Student's Research Companion is a user-friendly guide ideal for students faced with writing their first assignment using the college library, and makes a perfect text for information skills classes and workshops. The highly current manual covers everything college students need in all formats available, including effective Web searching skills. It begins with using the OPAC and understanding library organization, and moves through essential reference books, how to use periodical indexes to find articles, CD-ROM databases and how they are used in libraries, an explanation of online databases and how they can help with research, and an overview of how to cruise the Internet to find information.

Author Notes

Arlene Quaratiello is a reference librarian at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Permissionsp. v
List of Figures and Tablesp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1 Hitting the Roadp. 1
Choosing Your Destinationp. 2
Planning Your Tripp. 4
About the Examples Used in This Bookp. 12
Consider the Road Less Traveledp. 13
2 The Key to the Online Catalog: Database Searching Basicsp. 15
The Structure of Online Catalogsp. 16
Searching Techniquesp. 17
3 Traveling Through the Stacksp. 35
The Lay of the Landp. 36
The Dewey Decimal Classificationp. 37
The Library of Congress Classificationp. 40
4 Stopping for Directions: Reference Sourcesp. 47
Encyclopedias: A Good Starting Pointp. 49
Dictionaries: What Do You Mean?p. 53
Atlases: Beyond Wherep. 54
Statistical Sources: How Much? How Many?p. 55
Chronological Sources: When?p. 56
Biographical Sources: Who are You?p. 58
Directories: Getting in Touchp. 59
Quotation Sources: Say What?p. 60
Bibliographies: Where Do I Go from Here?p. 61
5 Finding Your Way Through Periodicalsp. 63
Types of Periodicalsp. 64
Indexes: Your Road Maps for Finding Articlesp. 65
Getting Your Hands on the Articlesp. 73
6 Modes of Transportation, Part I: Choosing Electronic Resourcesp. 77
Types of Accessp. 77
Benefits of Electronic Resourcesp. 79
Types of Databasesp. 80
Popular Electronic Resourcesp. 81
7 Modes of Transportation, Part II: Using Electronic Resourcesp. 97
Accessing Databasesp. 98
Searching Databasesp. 100
A Review of the Directionsp. 111
8 Uncharted Territory: The World Wide Webp. 113
The State of the Webp. 114
The Structure of the Webp. 115
The Content of the Webp. 116
Finding Information on the Webp. 118
9 The Trip Homep. 133
Evaluating What You've Foundp. 134
The Record of Your Trip: Citing Your Sourcesp. 138
Looking Back on the Roadp. 143
Epilogue: Riding Off Into the Sunsetp. 144
Indexp. 147
About the Authorp. 153