The Elements Of Library Research

Author: Mary W. George
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400830411
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To do solid academic research, college students need to look beyond the computer search engine. This short, practical book introduces students to the important components of the information-seeking process. The Elements of Library Research provides a foundation for success in any research assignment, from a freshman paper to a senior thesis. Unlike guides that describe the research process but do not explain its logic, this book focuses entirely on basic concepts, strategies, tools, and tactics for research--in both electronic and print formats. Drawing on decades of experience with undergraduates, reference librarian Mary George arms students with the critical thinking skills and procedures they need to approach any academic project with confidence. Ways to turn a topic into a research question Techniques for effective online searches How to evaluate primary and secondary sources When and how to confer with reference librarians and faculty How to avoid plagiarism Glossary of key terms, from Boolean search to peer review Checklists, timelines, and hints for successful research projects

The Elements Of Inquiry

Author: Peter J. Burke
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351111051
Size: 44.15 MB
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The Elements of Inquiry covers the basic guidelines for graduate students doing an investigation or inquiry project. It distils the rubrics necessary for teaching research methods and completing research projects, and gives the student researcher a list of steps to follow to complete any type of inquiry project – including formal research projects such as doctoral dissertations. It was written to support the work of students in an educational leadership doctoral program, but it will also assist the research efforts of college students at any level in any discipline. The book begins by establishing the underlying philosophical concepts upon which all good research is based, preparing students to get down to the "nuts and bolts" of conducting their own research and evaluating the research of others. Fundamental concepts and rules of research are explained both for producers and consumers of social science and educational research. Numerous practical examples illustrate the steps in the research process presented in the text. There are end-of-chapter exercises for students to apply the concepts discussed in the chapter. Templates for organizing and presenting research provide students with a game plan for success with their research. The book ends with an up-to-date annotated bibliography of beginning and advanced research texts allowing students easy access to books that detail the more specialized research topics. While most research books detail one or more method in depth, this text provides a broad introduction to many techniques and models used in doctoral dissertations, and will be of particular value to those who are consumers of inquiry studies and research reports. Key to the overview provided is the annotated bibliography that leads the reader to the next stage of understanding or doing research.

The Sage Encyclopedia Of Communication Research Methods

Author: Mike Allen
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483381420
Size: 77.68 MB
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Communication research is evolving and changing in a world of online journals, open-access, and new ways of obtaining data and conducting experiments via the Internet. Although there are generic encyclopedias describing basic social science research methodologies in general, until now there has been no comprehensive A-to-Z reference work exploring methods specific to communication and media studies. Our entries, authored by key figures in the field, focus on special considerations when applied specifically to communication research, accompanied by engaging examples from the literature of communication, journalism, and media studies. Entries cover every step of the research process, from the creative development of research topics and questions to literature reviews, selection of best methods (whether quantitative, qualitative, or mixed) for analyzing research results and publishing research findings, whether in traditional media or via new media outlets. In addition to expected entries covering the basics of theories and methods traditionally used in communication research, other entries discuss important trends influencing the future of that research, including contemporary practical issues students will face in communication professions, the influences of globalization on research, use of new recording technologies in fieldwork, and the challenges and opportunities related to studying online multi-media environments. Email, texting, cellphone video, and blogging are shown not only as topics of research but also as means of collecting and analyzing data. Still other entries delve into considerations of accountability, copyright, confidentiality, data ownership and security, privacy, and other aspects of conducting an ethical research program. Features: 652 signed entries are contained in an authoritative work spanning four volumes available in choice of electronic or print formats. Although organized A-to-Z, front matter includes a Reader’s Guide grouping entries thematically to help students interested in a specific aspect of communication research to more easily locate directly related entries. Back matter includes a Chronology of the development of the field of communication research; a Resource Guide to classic books, journals, and associations; a Glossary introducing the terminology of the field; and a detailed Index. Entries conclude with References/Further Readings and Cross-References to related entries to guide students further in their research journeys. The Index, Reader’s Guide themes, and Cross-References combine to provide robust search-and-browse in the e-version.

Reference Reborn Breathing New Life Into Public Services Librarianship

Author: Diane Zabel
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1591588294
Size: 47.39 MB
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More than 30 stellar authors have contributed to these up-to-date essays on public services librarianship, including timely topics such as new service configurations, the impact of e-resources in reference and collection development, and innovative outreach. • Over 30 contributors, including established experts and the next generation of leaders in reference and public services librarianship • A subject index guides readers to topics of interest

How To Write About The Media Today

Author: Raúl Damacio Tovares
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313375208
Size: 69.86 MB
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A comprehensive and practical guide to writing a successful media paper or report, from selecting a topic to submitting the final draft. • Offers timelines students can use to pace themselves throughout the research and writing process • Examples of different formatting styles are included along with a checklist for final papers

Studying Students

Author: Nancy Fried Foster
Publisher: Assoc of Cllge & Rsrch Libr
ISBN: 0838984371
Size: 22.26 MB
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This book provides a view into the groundbreaking application of ethnographic tools and techniques to the understanding of undergraduate students and their use of information. The publication describes findings of the work at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries and provides insight into how academic librarians might use these techniques on their own campuses.

Library As Place

Author: Geoffrey T. Freeman
Publisher: Council on Library Resources
ISBN:
Size: 47.73 MB
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What is the role of a library when users can obtain information from any location? And what does this role change mean for the creation and design of library space? Six authorsan architect, four librarians, and a professor of art history and classicsexplore these questions in Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space. In their essays, the authors challenge us to think about new potential for the place we call the library and underscore the growing importance of the library as a place for teaching, learning, and research in the digital age

Qualities Of Effective Teachers

Author: James H. Stronge
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416604618
Size: 77.68 MB
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Remember those great teachers who made you excited about learning? Remember how it felt to be in their classes and to experience how they made their classrooms come alive? What made those teachers special? What qualities and skills did they have to ignite student learning? Most important, how did those teachers help their students become successful? In Qualities of Effective Teachers, 2nd edition, James H. Stronge shows educators how to recreate this same excitement and enthusiasm in their own classrooms by describing the characteristics and skills of effective teachers. Stronge synthesizes research to identify specific teacher behaviors that contribute to student achievement. Rather than look at outside factors like demographics, district leadership, and state mandates, Stronge focuses specifically on what teachers can control: their own preparation, personality, and practices. Learn how effective teachers *Prepare to be effective educators. *Establish, manage, and maintain learning-focused classroom environments. *Organize time, communicate expectations, and plan instruction. *Present curriculum to support active and engaged learning. *Monitor student progress, identify student potential, and meet the needs of special populations in the classroom. This second edition includes new tips and tools for engaging at-risk students and high-ability students. It also includes skills checklists and an expanded, annotated bibliography to provide a springboard for further insight and exploration. Teachers, educators who hire teachers, teacher leaders, supervisors, and teachers-in-training can all use this book to learn to how to develop better teachers and to improve the quality of learning for all students.

The Elements Of Academic Success

Author: Gene Kizer, Jr.
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780985363215
Size: 64.85 MB
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Softcover print version of The Elements of Academic Success, How to Graduate Magna Cum Laude from College (or how to just graduate, PERIOD ). Outstanding academic guide inspired by the legendary book by Professor William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, The Elements of Style. The Elements of Academic Success is 364 pages and features 351 numbered topic sections broken into 10 chapters. It covers everything a student needs to excel in college and in life, and it is written in a dynamic upbeat manner emphasizing the power of a NOT-GOING-TO-BE-DENIED attitude toward school. It is easy to read and use.

The Art And Science Of Teaching

Author: Robert J. Marzano
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416605711
Size: 55.52 MB
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The popular author of Classroom Instruction That Works discusses 10 questions that can help teachers sharpen their craft and do what really works for the particular students in their classroom.