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Internet Research Skills

Third Edition


© 2012 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 organizing 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 graduate students working on theses and dissertations.

 
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 Ó 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

'Ó Dochartaigh has produced an exceptionally useful resource for finding material that a student, undergraduate or postgraduate, might need to find in the course of their studies. The clarity with which it is written and the obvious enthusiasm of the author makes the book an interesting read. A fine achievement'
-Dr Christopher Wibberley, Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University


I found it a really useful introduction to internet research sklls.

Dr Rionach Casey
architecture and planning, Sheffield Hallam University
February 25, 2016

This is an excellent text for any researcher or student. It is an essential text in anyone's library.

Mr Paul Matthews
Business Administration , University College Birmingham
December 22, 2014

Well-rounded and robust. Written by prolific users I suspect. Grounded and relevant at many levels -- from beginners to folk like me who trawl the internet whenever time allows.

Mrs Jackie M'Cartney
School of Care, Runshaw Adult College
August 4, 2014

A good introduction into an important area.

Mr Ross Thompson
Northampton Business School, Northampton University
April 2, 2014

current overview on Internet Research skills

Mr Florian Dieterle
Marketing Management, Hochschule fuer Unternehmensfuehrung
February 8, 2014

Was not quite what I was expecting. Interesting but probably not useful for our students.

Dr Sally Dowling
Health , University of the West of England, Bristol
November 12, 2013

Excellent book - I am recommending it to my doctoral & masters students

Professor David Pontin
School of Care Sciences, Glamorgan University
October 17, 2013

A great book for some of the more mature members of the course.

Mr Gordon Macleod
Business,Law and Publice Services, University Centre at Blackburn College
September 20, 2013

An absolute gem. I have already told my students about this and recommended they buy it. The library is also ordering copies.

Mr Neil Van Dokkum
Dept of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
September 9, 2013

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