The College Student’s Research Companion

For Immediate Release
Mon, 09/18/2023


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Most college students are novice researchers for whom Google is the first resort. But the sort of information usually found this way often lacks substance and is of questionable authority. Academic librarians and instructors can save students from fruitless, random web searching with the help of the new sixth edition of “The College Student’s Research Companion: Finding, Evaluating, and Citing the Resources You Need to Succeed,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman. Newly updated to reflect the broad range of today’s information sources, Arlene Quaratiello’s cutting-edge guide is a must-have tool for first-year composition and information literacy courses, LIS collections, and graduate-level research. With this trusted resource by their side, students will:

  • master the skills needed to integrate quality informational sources into their writing, enabling them to craft better essays;
  • receive guidance on topic selection, time management, and research planning;
  • learn a five-step process for evaluating sources;
  • be introduced to the fundamentals of database searching, using reference sources, and finding periodical articles, books, and websites;
  • get pointers on using sources properly, with advice on citing them according to widely used documentation styles, avoiding plagiarism, quoting or paraphrasing correctly, and incorporating notes; and
  • find review questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, reinforcing the concepts they have just learned.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use. 

Quaratiello was the Coordinator of Library Instruction at Emerson College before she began her career as a college English instructor. For many years she taught writing courses at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and several other schools in the Boston area. She has written numerous essays for biographical encyclopedias as well as “Rachel Carson: A Biography,” a volume in the Greenwood Press Biography series.

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