You are here

Resources to help you transition to teaching online

Instructors: To support your transition to online learning, please see our resources and tools page whether you are teaching in the UK, or teaching outside of the UK.

Inspection copy update April 2020: Due to the current restrictions in place in response to COVID-19, our inspection copy policy has changed. Please refer to our updated inspection copy policy for full details. If you have recently placed an inspection copy order with us, we will be in touch to advise of any changes.

The Essential Guide to Using the Web for Research
Share

The Essential Guide to Using the Web for Research



October 2011 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book will be vital reading for anyone doing research, since using the web to find high quality information is a key research skill. It introduces beginners and experts alike to the most effective techniques for searching the web, assessing and organising information and using it in a range of scenarios from undergraduate essays and projects to PhD research.

Nigel Ford shows how using the web poses opportunities and challenges that impact on student research at every level, and he explains the skills needed to navigate the web and use it effectively to produce high quality work.

Ford connects online skills to the research process. He helps readers to understand research questions and how to answer them by constructing arguments and presenting evidence in ways that will enhance their impact and credibility.

The book includes clear and helpful coverage of beginner and advanced search tools and techniques, as well as the processes of:

@!critically evaluating online information

@!creating and presenting evidence-based arguments

@!organizing, storing and sharing information

@!referencing, copyright and plagiarism.

As well as providing all the basic techniques students need to find high quality information on the web, this book will help readers use this information effectively in their own research.

Nigel Ford is Professor in the University of Sheffield's Information School.

 
Introduction
 
Why Read This Book?
 
The Book's Underlying Rationale
 
Search Tools Covered in this Book
 
Learning and Critical Thinking: The Essentials
 
Learning and Assessment Basics
 
Essential Learning Components
 
Summary
 
Clarifying What Is Required of You
 
Clarifying the Nature of your Assignment
 
Planning your Assignment
 
Summary
 
Finding High-Quality Information
 
Defining 'Authoritative' Information
 
Information Seeking
 
Summary
 
How to Do a Literature Review
 
Initial Explorations
 
Strategies for Finding High-Quality Academic Sources
 
Summary
 
Information Sources and Search Tools
 
Types of information source
 
Types of search tool
 
Summary
 
Mapping Search Approaches and Techniques to Information Needs
 
Directory-Based Browsing and Searching
 
Topic Similarity Searching
 
Document Similarity Searching
 
Filtering
 
Citation Searching
 
Boolean and Other Advanced Search Engine Operators
 
Summary
 
Scholarly Search Tools in Detail
 
When to Use Which Search Tools
 
Google Scholar
 
SciVerse Scopus
 
Web of Knowledge Incorporating Web of Science
 
Summary
 
Transforming Information into Evidence-Based Arguments
 
Making Information 'Your Own'
 
Critically Evaluating Information
 
Validity, Reliability, Objectivity and Generalisability as Critical Tools
 
Developing Your Own Evidence-Based Arguments
 
Summary
 
Presenting Your Evidence Effectively
 
Plagiarism
 
Citing Your Sources
 
Summary
 
Keeping up to Date
 
A New Document is Published on your Topic
 
Documents in Which You Are Interested Are Cited in a Newly Published Document
 
An Author is Cited by a New Document or Publishes a New Document
 
A New Issue of a Journal in which you are Interested is Published
 
A website in Which You Are Interested is Updated
 
Summary
 
Organizing and Sharing Your Information
 
Mendeley Basics
 
Importing Data from Google Scholar and Other Search Tools
 
Adding PDF Files to Your Library
 
Inserting References into Your Work
 
Summary

This book is targetted to predominantly novice researchers and takes the student through the stages of writing a proposal/assignment/thesis using web-based information systems. For older students who are less technology savvy, this text is a must.

Dr Rachel Taylor
Children's Nursing, London South Bank University
May 2, 2012

Clear and accessible for students 'new' to using the web for research. An elementary book but with clear accessibe text and valuable links.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
April 5, 2012
  •  

Preview this book

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two


For instructors

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9780857023650
£27.99
ISBN: 9780857023643
£84.00

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.

SAGE Knowledge brings together high-quality content from across our imprints, including CQ Press and Corwin titles.