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Table of Contents: The 36 Tips

First Steps to Excelling at College-level Research

1. Enjoy the luxury of time

2. Define and describe your topic
3. Why the big campus library?
4. Explore your library’s site ASAP
5. Borrowing stuff
6. Sometimes it only looks like the Web
7. Truth or baloney?  Assessing information
8. Stay happy by saving what you’ve found

Using the Web for College Assignments
9.   The wonderful/horrible Web

10. The Web: what’s there for college students?
11. Wikipedia: Love it with caution

Extracting Research Riches through your library’s Catalog
12. The deceptively simple-looking catalog record

13. Where are the books, videos, and CD’s? 
14. The art of educated guessing: The journey from keywords to subject terms in your library’s catalog
15. Where do subject terms come from?
16. Hitting the subject bull’s eye using LC subject headings
17. The “search-it-all-at-once” box: the Next Generation catalog
18. Honing the catalog search

Finding and Selecting the Kind of Articles your Professor Expects
19. Understanding the important differences between types of articles

20. Databases and more: where to search for articles on your topic
21. Choosing effective keywords for searching databases
22. Article formats 101: online, print, and microformats
23. Where are the full-text articles?

Searching Like a Pro by Using Expert Strategies
24. Crafting database, Web, and catalog searches that extract the information you need

25. Search techniques unique to the Web
26. Starting a love affair with citations: a review of this path to full-text and spot-on information
27. Lengthy writings needn’t inspire DREAD
28. Venturing beyond page one: finding valuable information on page two and beyond

Enriching your Writing by Finding Subject Overviews, Expert input, Opposing Views and Historical Details
29. Find subject overviews and jargon definitions

30. There’s a movie on that.
31. Find stats & data for credibility and zing!
32. In-person knowledge: tapping experts
33. Quotes: smart, inspiring, jaw-dropping statements to use in writings and speeches
34. Hot topics: cutting edge and pro/con issues
35. Location, location, location: local, state, national, and international infomation
36. History research 101, including identifying “primary” sources

Formatting your Paper and Bibliography
Putting it all together: a Sample Topic and Search Path
      Claudia’s speech

Final Thoughts

Author/Editor Information
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Researching 101,  3d Edition 2016,  By Ellen Metter.  Copyright Ellen Metter