Jumping head first into a research project is a surefire recipe for stress and confusion. But if you're a newbie, how do you kw where to begin, let alone where to go from there? Library instruction expert McAdoo has penned a primer specifically tailored to vice 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. Students will appreciate the book's clear and concise language regarding the research process, while teachers, faculty, YA staff, and academic librarians will find it a valuable tool for information literacy.
Monty McAdoo has a bachelor's degree in psychology, an M.A. in student personnel services, a second master's degree in library science, and a D.Ed. degree in administration and leadership studies. He is the author of Fundamentals of Library Instruction and Building Bridges: Connecting Faculty, Students, and the College Library (both ALA Editions). He has over twenty 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.