Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog Paperback – Apr 14 2011
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About the Author
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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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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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.
As a high school librarian I was excited to find this book and plan to use it a a teaching tool for research.
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.