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Introduction to College Research

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Walter D Butler, Pasadena City College

Aloha Sargent, Cabrillo College

Kelsey Smith, West Hills College Lemoore

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Language: English

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Reviewed by Tracy Scharn, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Oregon Institute of Technology on 6/5/23

This book is explicitly an introduction to the topic of college research. As such, it provides an overview of key information literacy concepts, issues and components in a way that is broad but not deep. In general, it presents a comprehensive... read more

Reviewed by Rachel Milani, Assistant Librarian, Minnesota North College on 5/16/23

This text provides a solid foundation on the subject of college research, covering relevant content areas that impact research and providing sound research strategies. The supplementary Canvas modules add to this, providing resources that... read more

Reviewed by kat gullahorn, Lecturer III, University of New Mexico on 5/11/23

This text provides a sound foundation of the subject matter. It covers the major content areas and strategies for an introductory research course and includes a helpful glossary for reference. The supplementary Canvas modules include additional... read more

Table of Contents

  • Title Page
  • A Note for Instructors
  • Read Online or Download this Book
  • Introduction
  • The Age of Algorithms
  • Disinformation
  • Fact-Checking
  • Types of Information Sources
  • Getting Your Research Started
  • Search Strategies
  • Finding Materials in the Library
  • Using Library Databases
  • Searching the Web: Strategies and Considerations
  • Ethical and Legal Use of Information
  • Citing Sources
  • Glossary

Ancillary Material

  • Xiaoyang Behlendorf and Cynthia Mari Orozco
  • About the Book

    This book acknowledges our changing information landscape, covering key concepts in information literacy to support a research process with intention. We start by critically examining the online environment many of us already engage with every day, looking at algorithms, the attention economy, information disorder and cynicism, information hygiene, and fact-checking. We then move into an exploration of information source types, meaningful research topics, keyword choices, effective search strategies, library resources, Web search considerations, the ethical use of information, and citation.

    About the Contributors


    Walter D. Butler, Pasadena City College

    Aloha Sargent, Cabrillo College

    Kelsey Smith, West Hills College Lemoore

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