Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research

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Pub Date: 2016

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Publisher: Ohio State University Libraries

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Reviewed by Kathy Lamb, ELL Specialist/ English Instructor, Miami University, on 8/3/2018.

The text covers most areas of academic research, and has a table of contents but no glossary, which is much needed. Topics are clear and concise, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sara Abrahamson, Faculty, Minneosta West Community and Technical College, on 8/3/2018.

This text is very comprehensive. The complete research process is broken down from start to finish.… read more

 

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Reviewed by Justin Megahan, Librarian / Associate Professor, Fontbonne University, on 6/20/2018.

The text does a good job covering academic research. There is a table of contents, but I feel like a glossary and index would be helpful for this book.… read more

 

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Reviewed by Jane Theissen, Reference Librarian/Professor, Fontbonne University, on 5/22/2018.

The research process is explained in detail, from how to develop a research question to where and how to research through the application of … read more

 

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Reviewed by Laura Heinz, Librarian, Texas Tech University , on 3/28/2018.

This book provides beginning student researchers with a clear and complete path to the research process for class assignments and undergraduate research projects. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Hilary Johnson, Learning & Teaching Librarian, The Open University, on 3/28/2018.

The text does not include an index or glossary. However, it covers a complex (and dry) subject in an economical and stimulating fashion. Each reader … read more

 

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Reviewed by Lori Jacobson, Associate Director, Curriculum Development, William & Mary Writing Resources Center, on 2/2/2018.

The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of sources in academic writing. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Lydia Bales, Academic Skills Tutor & Librarian, Staffordshire University, on 2/2/2018.

Considering the book is not overly large, the guide manages to be very through and comprehensive guide to locating sources and using them correctly. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kristin Green, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Worthington Scranton, on 2/2/2018.

The aspects of academic research that are prudent to cover within the first year of any undergraduate student's general education are all covered … read more

 

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Reviewed by Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian & Instruction Coordinator, The Pennsylvania State University, on 2/2/2018.

This text offers a comprehensive breakdown of the academic research process, with special effort made to demystify jargon that may present itself in … read more

 

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Reviewed by Craig Larson, Librarian, North Hennepin Community College, on 2/2/2018.

The book is very comprehensive, sometimes almost too much so (sections on copyright seem to be more detailed than the average college student would … read more

 

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Reviewed by Mairéad Hogan, Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway, on 2/2/2018.

This book covers the subject matter in a comprehensive and detailed way. The way in which the material is presented is very suitable for students who … read more

 

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Reviewed by Anthony Patterson, Assistant Professor, North Carolina Central University, on 2/2/2018.

Choosing and Using Sources is an extremely thorough text taking readers through the research process from formulating research questions to fair use … read more

 

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Reviewed by Rachelle Savitz, Assistant Professor, Clemson University, on 2/2/2018.

The text is quite comprehensive regarding finding, using, and understanding sources. It provides the process of sourcing from start to finish with … read more

 

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Reviewed by Scott Rice, Associate Professor, Appalachian State University, on 2/2/2018.

The book is very comprehensive which sometimes detracted from its usefulness. There were a few units that may be superfluous, but I did appreciate … read more

 

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Reviewed by Bryan Gattozzi, Lecturer, General Studies Writing, Bowling Green State University , on 2/2/2018.

I was impressed how the text began helping students understand the benefits of leading a research project by writing research question(s), following … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jonathan Grunert, Assistant Professor of Library Services: Information Literacy Coordinator, Colorado State University - Pueblo, on 2/2/2018.

This textbook covers the concepts found in the ACRL frameworks in a way that is meaningful and accessible to academic researchers at all levels. It … read more

 

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Reviewed by Susan Nunamaker, Lecturer, Clemson University, on 2/2/2018.

This textbook is comprehensive. It goes in-depth covering the topics of research questions (specifically how to narrow down topics), types of … read more

 

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Reviewed by Diane Kauppi, Library Faculty, Technical Services & Systems, Ruth A Myers Library at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, on 2/2/2018.

The text did a great job of covering the subject and the table of contents were laid out well. The content was well thought out. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kristine Roshau, Instructional Technology Specialist and PT Faculty Librarian, Central Oregon Community College, on 8/16/2017.

This text is extensive! Like the title suggests, it truly is a full guide to academic research, from developing a topic, finding sources, and using … read more

 

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Reviewed by Deborah Finkelstein, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University, on 6/21/2017.

The book is very comprehensive. The authors consistently explain concepts well and provide easy-to-understand examples that are approachable for the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Constance Chemay, Head of Public Services, Library Services; Asst. Professor, User Instruction, River Parishes Community College, Gonzales, LA, on 6/21/2017.

The book does an excellent job covering the subject, and even goes beyond what its title suggests, with chapters on writing and formulating an … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dawn Kennedy, Ed.S, Health Education, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, on 4/12/2017.

Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research serves as an excellent guide for teaching the research process. It takes the learner through … read more

 

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Reviewed by Scott Miller, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The book is very comprehensive and even goes beyond what might be expected in this kind of textbook. Along with choosing and using sources, the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Vanessa Ruccolo, Advanced Instructor of English, Virginia Tech, on 2/9/2017.

Ch. 1 has a great overview of regular versus research questions and the difference between qualitative and quantitative research. Ch. 2 covers … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dale Jenkins, Advanced Instructor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), on 2/9/2017.

Having taught freshmen how to write college research papers for the past 18 years, I gave the text high marks on addressing all of the key elements … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jarrod Dunham, Instructor - English Composition, Portland Community College, on 2/9/2017.

A very comprehensive guide to the writing of the research paper. I've taught research writing for several years, and this book covers all the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jennifer Lantrip, Reference Librarian, Umpqua Community College, on 2/9/2017.

This book is an excellent source for guiding undergraduate students through the research process, from understanding the purposes for doing research … read more

 

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Reviewed by Patricia Akhimie, Asst. Prof of English, Rutgers University-Newark, on 2/9/2017.

This textbook does not include an index or glossary but is full-text searchable, returning a an easy to read and access menu of clickable search … read more

 

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Reviewed by Heather Jerónimo, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Iowa, on 2/9/2017.

This text is a comprehensive review of the various types of sources one might need to complete a research project or paper. The book begins with a … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kelly McKenna, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, on 12/6/2016.

The book provides a thorough introduction and how to regarding sources in academic writing. With the exception of the first chapter on writing … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dr. William Vann, Information Studies Faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, on 12/6/2016.

While there is neither a back-of-the-book index nor a compiled glossary in this outstanding textbook (key terms are defined, however, throughout the … read more

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

  • 1. Research Questions
  • 2. Types of Sources
  • 3. Sources and Information Needs
  • 4. Precision Searching
  • 5. Search Tools
  • 6. Evaluating Sources
  • 7. Ethical Use of Sources
  • 8. How to Cite Sources
  • 9. Making an Argument
  • 10. Writing Tips
  • 11. Copyright Basics
  • 12. Fair Use
  • 13. Roles of Research Sources

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About the Book

Choosing & Using Sources presents a process for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting good information and using it effectively in your research assignments. Additional chapters cover understanding types of sources, searching for information, and avoiding plagiarism. Each chapter includes self-quizzes and activities to reinforce core concepts and help you apply them. There are also appendices for quick reference on search tools, copyright basics, and fair use.

What experts are saying about Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research:

“…a really fantastic contribution that offers a much needed broadened perspective on the process of research, and is packed to the brim with all kinds of resources and advice on how to effectively use them. The chapter on plagiarism is really excellent, and the chapter on searching for sources is utterly brilliant.”

– Chris Manion, PhD
Coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum at Ohio State University

“… an excellent resource for students, with engaging content, graphics, and examples—very compelling. The coverage of copyright is outstanding.”

– J. Craig Gibson
Co-chair of ACRL’s Task Force on Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

About the Contributors

Editor(s)

Cheryl Lowry, training and education specialist, Ohio State University Libraries.