For students, a survival guide to research
For Immediate Release
American Library Association
CHICAGO — Jumping head first into a research project is a surefire recipe for stress and confusion. But if you’re a newbie, how do you know where to begin, let alone where to go from there? Library instruction expert Monty L. McAdoo’s new primer “The Student’s Survival Guide to Research,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is specifically tailored to novice researchers, offering beginning-to-end guidance for every step of the research process, from planning and preparing to conducting and writing. Structured in a way that’s easy to digest, McAdoo shows students
- what research is and what it entails, the stages of research and the elements of a term paper;
- the essential steps in preparing for research, and how to understand the assignment;
- how libraries and librarians can help;
- pointers for selecting a research topic and appropriate information tools;
- strategies for conducting searches that will save time and effort, from using keywords to constructing more sophisticated searches;
- how to understand, read and evaluate search results;
- the dos and don’ts of conducting research ethically, including how to cite sources and how and why to avoid plagiarism;
- and guidance for shaping research results into quality writing.
McAdoo is also the author of “Fundamentals of Library Instruction” and “Building Bridges: Connecting Faculty, Students, and the College Library.” He has over 20 years of experience as a professional librarian and currently serves as research and instruction librarian at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition to providing traditional library user education, he has developed and teaches an undergraduate class on information ethics and has also taught graduate-level courses in both counseling and research.
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