Internet Research Skills is a clear, concise guide to effective online research for social science and humanities students. The first half of the book deals with publications online, devoting separate chapters to academic articles, books, official publications and news sources, which form the core secondary sources for social science research. The second half of the book deals with the open web, a vast and confusing realm of materials, many of which have no direct print counterpart.
The third edition has been updated throughout and now includes:
- coverage of cutting edge online services as well as newly developed approaches to using online materials
- a new chapter on organising your research and internet research methods
- additional material on the use of social networks for research.
- illustrations, examples and short exercises to help you put what you learn into practice.
Internet Research Skills is an invaluable guide for undergraduate students carrying out research projects and for postgraduate students working on theses and dissertations.
Niall O Dochartaigh is a lecturer in political science and sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Introduction Into the Cloud: New Research Skills for the Information Age The Rise of the Search Engines Summary of Chapters Who This Book Is Aimed at Books Print Publications Online Library Catalogues Online Bookshops Full-Text Books Online Book Reviews Publishers Exercises Articles Understanding Academic Articles Annual Reviews Google Scholar Indexing and Abstracting Databases Specialized Subject Databases Full-Text Articles Online Publishers Open Access Other Article Databases Theses and Dissertations Exercises Subject Guides Searching the Open Web Academic Subject Guides Universal Subject Guides Understanding Web Addresses Understanding Websites Exercises Searching the Keyword Search Engines Introduction The Big Three Advanced Searching Meta Search Engines Comparing Search Engines with Meta Search Engines Boolean Searching How Search Engines Search Devising Search Queries Look before You Leap Technical Difficulties Exercises Social Media, News and Multimedia Social Media Email Lists Discussion Groups News Multimedia Exercises Governments, Archives and Statistics (Niall O Dochartaigh and Patricia Sleeman) Introduction Governments Archives Statistics Exercises Evaluation and Citation Introduction Classification Evaluation Citation Exercises Beyond Searching: Networks, Research Management and Online Research Research Networks and Research Support Social Networks Organizing Your Research Internet Research Methods Appendix: Academic Blogs in the Social Sciences and the Humanities Bibliography Index