Practical, relevant, and reflecting the latest technologies, RESEARCH STRATEGIES FOR A DIGITAL AGE, 5th Edition, provides a thorough, step-by-step guide that helps you develop research skills critical to today's online environment -- skills that will serve you well for a lifetime. This text blends traditional research methods with detailed instruction on how to use and evaluate electronic research technologies. The author introduces you to research by beginning in the academic library: Using online discovery tools to search in a controlled environment with credible sources helps you to develop and sharpen your research and analytical skills before expanding your search into the vast (and sometimes questionable) resources of the Web. You'll find practical guidance about how to incorporate and document resources skillfully and with academic integrity, as well as insightful examples, illustrations, and tips to help you get the most from today's wealth of online material.
Bonnie Tensen has taught college composition for over 20 years, first in the traditional classroom, then in networked classroom environments and online. For 15 years she taught composition and literature courses online at Seminole State College of Florida. In Fall of 2013, Bonnie began serving as an e-learning specialist at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, assisting in the conversion of their weekend and evening college courses from f2f to hybrid. Although she is well acquainted with its pedagogical and personal challenges, she has become a vocal proponent of the powerful educational experiences e-learning -- when designed well -- can offer today's generation of students. A popular speaker, she has presented her unique approach at many conferences and led numerous seminars on incorporating the Internet in the classroom.
Preface. Part I: RESEARCH BASICS. 1. Get Off to a Good Start. Why Write a Research Paper? Discover a Topic You Want to Know More About. Adapt Topics to Your Own Interests. Choose a Worthwhile Topic. Exercises. 2. Searching Versus Surfing: Locating Quality Sources. The World Wide Web: Great Source or Source of Great Confusion? Three Common Problems with Web Searches. The Solution: Begin Your Research in the Library. Formulate Effective Search Terms. Boolean and Advanced Searching. Exercises. 3.Become a Research Supersleuth." Ask Questions. Launch the Investigation. Make Connections. Background Checks. Exercises. Part II: RESEARCH USING THE WORLD WIDE WEB. 4. How to Surf the Web without Drowning. Academic Research on the Web Must Be Authenticated. Begin Your Net Search in "Stocked Ponds." Surfing the Big WWWave. Academic Research on the Web Requires Careful Evaluation. Exercises. 5. Field Research Online. Conducting an Interview. Developing a Survey. Exercises. Part III: INCORPORATING YOUR RESEARCH. 6. Academic Integrity. Research Writing in a Cut and Paste World. The Many Faces of Plagiarism. General Rules for Paraphrasing. Exercises. 7. Documentation Guidelines. ID Your Source: The Key to Documenting Correctly. A Sure Way to Impress: Incorporate and Document with Skill. Exercises. Part IV: RESEARCH DOCUMENTATION. 8. Documentation: MLA Format. Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. MLA In-Text Citations. MLA Works Cited Entries. Sample Research Paper Using MLA Style. Sample Literary Analysis Research Paper Using MLA Style. 9. Documentation: APA Format. Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. APA In-Text Citations. APA Reference List Entries. Sample Research Paper Using APA Style. 10. Documentation: CSE Format. Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. CSE In-Text Citations. CSE Reference List Entries. Sample Research Paper Using CSE Style. 11. Documentation: CMS Format. Directory of Note and Bibliography Entry Formats. CMS Footnotes, Endnotes, and Bibliographies. CMS Footnote/Endnote and Bibliography Format. Sample Research Paper Using CMS Style. Index."