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Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog [Paperback]

William B. Badke
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April 14 2011
Writing research papers does not have to be the painful experience many people make it out to be. It is possible to develop significant skills in order to make the writing process much easier than you think. In Research Strategies, author William Badke offers a clear, simple, and often humorous roadmap for conducting research and navigating the vast new world of information and technology.

In this, the fourth edition, Badke details the entire research paper process from start to finish. Research Strategies provides a plethora of insightful and helpful information, including:

Finding and narrowing a topic
Creating an outline
Searching databases
Understanding metadata
Using library catalogs and journal databases
Conducting Internet research
Organizing research notes
Writing the actual paper

Research Strategies explains the skills and strategies you need to efficiently and effectively complete a research project from topic to finished product. With the information provided here, research doesn't have to be frustrating or boring. Badke's strategies present a sure path through the amazing and complex new world of information.

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William Badke is a librarian and Associate Professor at Associated Canadian Theological Schools of Trinity Western University. Research Strategies is the product of many years of teaching research to worried students. Also the author of The Survivor's Guide to Library Research, Badke lives in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts as a mature student but novice writer March 17 2014
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This an excellent book to learn how to write a paper properly. It is well organized and broken down into categories which make sense. Favorite chapter is 10, where I've realized some errors of my ways. It's unfortunate that I didn't finish reading the whole book before submitting my last work, better luck with my next though.
The jokes are corny but it endeared the author to me; he is a librarian ;) My respect for the profession has changed with greater appreciation.
The book is a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful introduction to research Aug. 1 2006
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This book serves as a useful introduction to research techniques and options for the late high school or early-to-mid-level college student beginning research. Badke's writing focuses on finding sources and writing research papers. The writing assumes no current knowledge of conducting research of any kind, so parts may be simplistic for many, but there is a wealth of great research strategies within.

He begins with a look at paper design, and the place from which to begin your research. He then moves to database, periodical and internet searches. He then discusses how to formulate your research into a working topic, and organizing your data.

He writes for people who have never really used a library effectively or used a computer for research. Overall, this is a superb introduction to research that should be read by anyone attempting research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fog is Lifting April 20 2001
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As an academic librarian, I found this book to be incredibly useful. It is well-written, easy to read, and covers a hosts of topics for the average library user. This volume will be extremely useful during library orientation for new students. As libraries are experiencing the information revolution, research strategies and resources are changing drastically. Mr. Badke has done a superb job of guiding patrons through new and uncharted territory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Badke hits another home run... Sept. 16 2005
By M. Hite - Published on
This update to Badke's previous work on library research is excellent. I teach Language and Research at a Bible college and used to use his first book as required reading for my students. I was so disappointed when it went out of print. Now, this updated version is my new requirement. This book is written with the same humor and simplicity as the first, but with updated information that is a must. Dealing with electronic research is now the norm and Badke explains it very, very well. This is a must have resource for anyone taking on research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Find! Aug. 21 2005
By C. J. Sherer - Published on
"Research Strategies" is written with humor and in an easy to understand style making this a must have book for anyone wanting to do justice to a research assignment. The author covers the basics of how to develop a good research question; the importance of research strategies - what they are and how to use them; how to take notes and organize a paper. There are numerous examples that illustrate the strategies and most chapters end with study guide questions and ways to practice the concepts as well as assignment suggestions.

As a high school librarian I was excited to find this book and plan to use it a a teaching tool for research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, thorough approach to learning library research skills July 19 2008
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This book, now in its third edition, is a great introduction to library research for undergraduates and upper division high school students who are heading off to college soon. I'm planning on using it in for high school advanced library research course.
The author, a college librarian in British Columbia, gives a step-by-step introduction to the "information fog" and deals with such topics as defining the need for research and refining a topic, using keyword searching and metadata and controlled vocabularies, library catalogs and online databases, general internet research and other research sources.
A strength of the book is the humorous approach which tones down what most other authors seem to take too seriously. In his preface, for example, Badke states: "This book is definitely for you if you are: a university student whose term papers have been patented as a cure for insomnia; a Dilbert of industry who's been told to do a feasibility study on the expansion potential of ice cream bar sales in Nome, Alaska; a simple honest citizen trying to find the truth behind the advertising so that the next car you buy won't be like your last disaster-mobile, the car that made you persona non grata at the automobile association."
I had an earlier edition of this title which I liked also and so when I discovered the 3rd edition had been published I immediately ordered it. The way that the world of research changes continually means that what was once cutting edge is no longer so and having the latest is really important. I was impressed that the book mentions the Amazon Kindle which was only made available last (2007) November.
I reviewed several other similar recently published texts on information literacy but this one definitely is heads and shoulder above them all in terms of usefulness, cost and a light touch to a rather dry subject.
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