Research Process Resources

Library and Web Resources for Research Papers, Research and Internet Literacy

Research Ethics

Web sites that discuss plagiarism and how to avoid it include-

Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era.
Lathrop, Ann & Foss, Kathleen.
(LB 3609 .L28 2000)
This book offers a philosophical discussion about academic dishonesty as well as practical ways of combating the problem in schools and universities. The authors provide a list of Web sites, including those offering research 'reference' services.

Style Manuals

For ideas on research paper topics, visit the Hot Paper Topics page at

Form & Style: Research Papers, Reports, Theses (12th ed.) Slade, Carole. (LB 2369 .C3 2003)
This classic textbook includes the latest information on using both print and electronic resources in papers, theses and reports. Researchers are introduced to the use of online catalogs, databases, and Internet search engines; evaluation of Web site credibility; and documentation of a wide variety of online sources. New types are covered which help researchers save time with note-taking, formatting, and organizing their final reports.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (5th ed.) (REF LB 2369 .G53 1999)
Issued by the Modern Language Association, this book provides a comprehensive picture of how research papers are created. Topics covered include information about choosing a topic, producing a bibliography and outline, writing drafts, and avoidance of plagiarism. This book provides examples of the physical format of a research paper.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.) (REF BF 76.7 .P83 2001)
The Manual provides guidance on grammar, the mechanics of writing and APA style format. The book is issued by the American Psychological Association as an authoritative and easy-to-use reference and citation system for writing research papers. This book includes information about choosing a topic, production of a bibliography and an outline, presenting data in tables or figures, writing drafts, and avoidance of plagiarism (see pp. 349-350). It includes many sample pages from research papers using the APA style format.

Writing the Research Paper: A Handbook (5th ed.) Winkler, Anthony C. & McCuen, Jo Ray. (LB 2369 .W56 1999)
This is a handbook provides specific information on the conventions of the research paper. The sources covered include both traditional library and Internet resources in gathering information for a research paper.

Internet Resources & Evaluating Web Sites

For web site evaluation criteria, visit this web site:

To cite electronic resources, see samples at

Information Specialist's Guide to Searching the Internet. Ackerman, Ernest & Hartman, Karen (ZA 4201 .A25 2000b)
This book focuses on using the World Wide Web and the Internet for finding information. It is designed for researchers, librarians, and information specialists.

In the course of the book, a number of research and reference questions are answered, such as finding email addresses, street addresses, maps and shareware programs. Most of the major search engines, directories, and virtual libraries on the web are reviewed.

The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See. Sherman, Chris & Price, Gary. (REF ZA 4450 .S54 2001)
Authors Sherman and Price, two of the world's leading "invisible web" experts, introduce the top "invisible web" sites and sources, and offer tips, techniques and analysis that will save you time and aggravation in locating information for decision-making.

Find it Online: The Complete Guide to Online Research. Schlein, Alan M. (TK 5105.875 .I57 S35 2002)
A comprehensive directory of web sites and database searching.

The Research Paper and the World Wide Web (2nd ed.) Rodrigues, Dawn and Rodrigues, Raymond J. (LB 2369 .R585 2000)
This book is a comprehensive guide to writing research papers for students in all fields. It helps researchers navigate through print and online resources by providing background information on the research process, search strategies, source evaluations, and documentation.

Successful Keyword Searching: Initiating Research on Popular Topics Using Electronic Databases. MacDonald, Randall M. & MacDonald, Susan Priest. (ZA 4460 .M33 2001)
This book deals with search engines and keywords that search engines use to look up your particular topic of interest. This book helps those looking for a particular subject find keywords that will lead them to success. This book is great for finding online resources for a term paper or research paper.

Using the Internet, Online Services, and CD-ROMS for Writing Research and Term Papers (2nd ed.) Harmon, Charles. (LB 1047.3 .U75 2000)
This book is all about using library resources and the Internet to prepare a research paper. It also teaches you how to document information that you have gotten from a variety of information resources.

2002 Web Site Source Book (7th ed.) (REF TK q5105.88 .W43 2002)
This guide provides directory information, including web site addresses, for major U.S. businesses, organizations, agencies, institutions, and other information resources on the World Wide Web. More than 82,500 individual listings are presented in a classified subject arrangement.

Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web. Alexander, Janet E. & Tate, Marsha Ann. (TK 5105.88 .A376 1999)
An essential reference for anyone needing to evaluate or establish information quality for the World Wide Web, this book addresses issues of reliability and usefulness. The authors present checklists for step-by-step quality evaluations of web sites and provide insights on how advertising and sponsorship influence the quality of information on the Web.

Library Research Process

Steps in the library research process are summarized at this web site:

Techniques for Student Research: A Comprehensive Guide to Using the Library. Lane, Nancy, Chisholm, Margaret & Mateer, Carolyn. (Z 710 .L36 2000)
This book is designed to help students develop their information searching skills. The first part of the book covers the basics of using printed and electronic reference sources to find short, factual answers to questions. The second part of the book covers the research process-formulating a search strategy to answer complex questions requiring analysis of information from a variety of sources. Internet resources are summarized in the final chapter of the book.

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