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Using the Internet, online services, and CD-ROMs for writing research and term papers
Harmon, Charles, 1960-
Second edition.
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New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [2000]

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x, 126 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Getting ready to write and conducting primary research -- Secondary research using print sources -- Secondary research using electronic research tools -- Secondary research using online services -- Secondary research using the Internet -- Evaluating information sources, writing, and revising -- Proofreading and preparing the final copy -- Citing print and electronic resources.
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A guide to Internet, online services and CD-ROMs for writing research and term papers. It explains how to use online library catalogues, the most commonly available indexes and databases (in print, CD-ROM, online, and Web-accessible formats), electronic encyclopaedias, Web search engines, and commercial online information services (like AOL). Tips are provided for note-taking (including electronic note-taking), printing from electronic resources, and Web browsing. A chapter on citing electronic resources (using both APA and MLA styles) and two model research papers conclude the volume.

Author Notes

John L. Adams is an instructor of English at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Katherine H. Adams is a professor of English at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Lara Bushallow is currently a systems librarian at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Charles Harmon is director of publishing for Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
Frederick D. King earned his master's degree in library science from The Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science. Currently, he is the director of the Sr. Rosemary Donley Technology Center at the Catholic University School of Nursing
Sarah Sheehan-Harris completed her BA in English and MS in Library Science at The Catholic University of America

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1. Getting Ready to Write and Conducting Primary Researchp. 1
Prewritingp. 2
Conducting the Researchp. 4
2. Secondary Research Using Print Sourcesp. 11
Finding Background Information in Reference Worksp. 11
Searching for Booksp. 14
Searching for Periodical and Newspaper Articlesp. 16
Gathering Your Sourcesp. 18
3. Secondary Research Using Electronic Research Toolsp. 21
Deciding Which Electronic Reference Tool to Usep. 21
Using Electronic Encyclopediasp. 23
Using Electronic Resources to Find Journal Articlesp. 23
How to Begin a Computerized Database Searchp. 26
4. Secondary Research Using Online Servicesp. 33
Prodigy Internetp. 34
America Onlinep. 37
CompuServep. 42
Online Databasesp. 45
5. Secondary Research Using the Internetp. 47
Getting Access to the Internetp. 48
Types of Internet Servicep. 48
Before You Sign Up with an ISPp. 49
What Can You Do on the Internet?p. 49
What Is the World Wide Web?p. 52
A Few Acronyms and Other Termsp. 55
What Do You Need to Access the World Wide Web?p. 56
Connecting to a Sitep. 58
Using a Hypertext Linkp. 60
Printing a Pagep. 60
Saving Imagesp. 62
Cut and Pastep. 63
Bookmarks and Favorites: How to Remember Where You Have Beenp. 66
What Can Go Wrong?p. 68
Looking for Information on the World Wide Webp. 68
The Parts of an Internet Addressp. 71
Kristen and Zak Search the Webp. 75
What's Next?p. 77
For Further Readingp. 78
6. Evaluating Information Sources, Writing, and Revisingp. 79
Examining the Sourcesp. 79
Evaluating Internet Sourcesp. 79
Taking Notesp. 81
Choosing a Preliminary Thesis and Outlinep. 83
Writing the First Draftp. 85
Working with Sourcesp. 86
Revisingp. 93
7. Proofreading and Preparing the Final Copyp. 95
Proofreadingp. 95
Producing the Final Copyp. 96
Sample Essaysp. 97
Appendixp. 98
8. Citing Print and Electronic Resourcesp. 111
Why Do I Need Citations?p. 111
What Is a Citation?p. 111
What Is a Style Guide?p. 112
Basic Citation Formatsp. 112
Reference Listsp. 113
Sample Citationsp. 114
Citing Electronic Resourcesp. 116
Sample Reference Listsp. 119
The End (Really)p. 120
Reference Listp. 120
About the Authors and the Editorp. 121
Indexp. 123