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Research Strategies for a Digital Age, 5th Edition

  • Bonnie Tensen
  • ISBN-10: 1305969405
  • ISBN-13: 9781305969407
  • 320 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Practical, relevant, and reflecting the latest technologies available, RESEARCH STRATEGIES FOR A DIGITAL AGE, 5th Edition, provides a thorough, step-by-step guide that helps students increase their knowledge as they develop invaluable research skills they can use for a lifetime. The text blends traditional research methods with detailed instruction on how to use and evaluate electronic research technologies. It equips students with research and documentation skills critical to today's online environment -- skills they can immediately put into action. Students' introduction to research begins in the academic library: Using online discovery tools in a controlled environment with credible sources enables students to develop research and analytical skills before they expand their search to the vast resources on the Web. Packed with current examples, insightful illustrations, and practical tips, this text helps students get the most from today's wealth of resources.


  • Chapters 2 and 3 have been entirely revamped to address significant changes in online library search tools and help students differentiate between (and understand the benefits of) using library discovery tools rather than "googling."

  • A completely revised Chapter 4, "How to Surf the Web without Drowning," helps students to conduct effective online research using the latest tools and technologies, such as Google Scholar.

  • Part 3, "Incorporating Your Research," supplies a comprehensive clarification of the different forms plagiarism may take and provides strategies for incorporating and documenting direct quotation and paraphrase skillfully and correctly.

  • A revised Chapter 8 explains and thoroughly illustrates the new system of documentation adopted by the Modern Language Association in the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition.

  • Part 4, "Research Documentation," contains the latest citation guidelines along with sample research papers and numerous models, including several new models for Web publications. The sample student papers illustrate the use of proper documentation for a variety of sources, providing concrete and realistic examples to help students learn and correctly apply their research skills.

  • "E-Tip" boxes provide strategies for using digital technologies (word processing, Web tools, library resources) more efficiently. Website screenshots and examples provide students with the most up-to-date technological information available.

  • This versatile text incorporates fundamental traditional research skills and specific instruction on finding and evaluating current Web sources, giving students both the core skills and specialized knowledge they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

  • The text introduces students to digital search tools and strategies in the academic library, a controlled environment with credible, vetted sources. This ensures students develop the analytical skills necessary for locating and assessing sources before expanding their inquiries to the Web.

About the Author

Bonnie Tensen

Bonnie Tensen has taught college composition for over 20 years, first in the traditional classroom, then in networked classroom environments and online. For 15 years she taught composition and literature courses online at Seminole State College of Florida. In Fall of 2013, Bonnie began serving as an e-learning specialist at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, assisting in the conversion of their weekend and evening college courses from f2f to hybrid. Although she is well acquainted with its pedagogical and personal challenges, she has become a vocal proponent of the powerful educational experiences e-learning -- when designed well -- can offer today's generation of students. A popular speaker, she has presented her unique approach at many conferences and led numerous seminars on incorporating the Internet in the classroom.

Table of Contents

1. Get Off to a Good Start.
Why Write a Research Paper? Discover a Topic You Want to Know More About. Adapt Topics to Your Own Interests. Choose a Worthwhile Topic. Exercises.
2. Searching Versus Surfing: Locating Quality Sources.
The World Wide Web: Great Source or Source of Great Confusion? Three Common Problems with Web Searches. The Solution: Begin Your Research in the Library. Formulate Effective Search Terms. Boolean and Advanced Searching. Exercises.
3.Become a Research "Supersleuth."
Ask Questions. Launch the Investigation. Make Connections. Background Checks. Exercises.
4. How to Surf the Web without Drowning.
Academic Research on the Web Must Be Authenticated. Begin Your Net Search in "Stocked Ponds." Surfing the Big WWWave. Academic Research on the Web Requires Careful Evaluation. Exercises.
5. Field Research Online.
Conducting an Interview. Developing a Survey. Exercises.
6. Academic Integrity.
Research Writing in a Cut and Paste World. The Many Faces of Plagiarism. General Rules for Paraphrasing. Exercises.
7. Documentation Guidelines.
ID Your Source: The Key to Documenting Correctly. A Sure Way to Impress: Incorporate and Document with Skill. Exercises.
8. Documentation: MLA Format.
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. MLA In-Text Citations. MLA Works Cited Entries. Sample Research Paper Using MLA Style. Sample Literary Analysis Research Paper Using MLA Style.
9. Documentation: APA Format.
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. APA In-Text Citations. APA Reference List Entries. Sample Research Paper Using APA Style.
10. Documentation: CSE Format.
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. CSE In-Text Citations. CSE Reference List Entries. Sample Research Paper Using CSE Style.
11. Documentation: CMS Format.
Directory of Note and Bibliography Entry Formats. CMS Footnotes, Endnotes, and Bibliographies. CMS Footnote/Endnote and Bibliography Format. Sample Research Paper Using CMS Style.

New to this edition

  • The author clarifies why the research project assignment remains relevant in the information age.
  • A comprehensive explanation of the effective use of library discovery tools anticipates the difficulties many students encounter, and emphasizes the benefits of features that refine search results efficiently.
  • Students learn detailed, practical strategies for evaluating the credibility and relevance of sources for use in academic research.
  • Web searching strategies equip students to effectively use the latest tools and technologies, including Google Scholar, online subject guides, and advanced search features in Google for locating academic sources.
  • A completely revised chapter on MLA documentation reflects the extensive changes in the new eighth edition of the MLA Handbook, and illustrates the changes with annotated screenshots.
  • New sample student research papers in both MLA and APA formats are annotated to highlight important formatting features.
  • Enhanced MindTap® annotations throughout the text identify opportunities for integrating digital resources into your class.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
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