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Internet Research Skills

Internet Research Skills

Third Edition

May 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 organising 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 postgraduate students working on theses and dissertations.

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
Print Publications Online
Library Catalogues
Online Bookshops
Full-Text Books Online
Book Reviews
Understanding Academic Articles
Annual Reviews
Google Scholar
Indexing and Abstracting Databases
Specialized Subject Databases
Full-Text Articles Online
Open Access
Other Article Databases
Theses and Dissertations
Subject Guides
Searching the Open Web
Academic Subject Guides
Universal Subject Guides
Understanding Web Addresses
Understanding Websites
Searching the Keyword Search Engines
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
Social Media, News and Multimedia
Social Media
Email Lists
Discussion Groups
Governments, Archives and Statistics (Niall Ó Dochartaigh and Patricia Sleeman)
Evaluation and Citation
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

An excellent text which will serve as a very helpful companion for students undertaking web based research associated with literature review work. We plan to recommend this text for students who are using web based reserarch in their dissertation studies.

Miss Hannah Spring
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University College
August 14, 2013

A vitally important book - fills a niche.

Mr Ross Thompson
Northampton Business School, Northampton University
January 23, 2013

I have recommended this to first years just to get them used to the idea that researching is not quite as straightforward as they think.
I feel it will be most useful, however, to the postgraduate students that I deal with and it has definitely been helpful to me with ideas on how to refine searches.

Dr Pat Hill
School of Music, Humanities and Media, Huddersfield University
October 9, 2012

Very helpful and up to date approach. Good broad coverage of key issues and practical application. Works well for both UG and PG

Dr Stephen Skuce
Please select your department, Cliff College
October 9, 2012

This text book if a good tool kit to have when teaching study skills and research skills

Mrs Natsha Barry
Business, , Harrogate College
September 27, 2012

This is a very useful guide to enable students to develop good internet research skills.

Ms Kathy Stephenson
education childhood inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University
June 29, 2012

Good coverage of an increasingly relevant skills set

Of interst across subjects as well as at the pure research stage

Mr Stephen Griffiths
Swansea Business School, Swansea Metropolitan University
June 27, 2012

An excellent book to know how to find resources on tbe Internet. The book is truly vital for effectively using electonic resources. The author has done a remarkable job by supporting each chapter with a variety of practical excersises. It is an invaluable reference for students and researchers to improve their internet skills.

Mr Abdoulaye Kaba
General University Requirments, Al Ain University of Science & Tech
June 25, 2012

Current level of internet use and multimedia studies make this a book that meets contemporary needs for students and teachers alike. Internet searching for seminal papers well covered and internet research methods are explained.

Ms Emma Etuk
St Bart's Schl of Nursing & Midwifery, City University
June 8, 2012

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