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Free Online Guides for Study & Library Research


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Free Online Guides for Study & Library Research

Library Research Collection

About 3,600 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Library Research”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Creative Training in Research Skills, How to Use the Library to Research an Employer, Introduction to Music Research, Writing Reading and Research, Effective Legal Research, Social Sciences Research, Social Research Methods, Handbook for College Research, Technology and Copyright Law, How to Use a Medical Library, Intro to Library Research in Geography, Navigating the Library, Ethnic Genealogy: a research guide, Teaching the Library Research Process, Political Science Research Methods, many more free eBooks on Library Research.

Writing Research Papers Collection

About 200 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Writing Research Papers”. Some books: Writing Research Papers: a guide to the process, Writing Science Research Papers, Guide to Writing Essay & Research Papers, Writing Research Papers across the Curriculum, Writing Philosophy Papers, The Curious Researcher, Writing Term Papers and Reports, How to Write Research Papers, Legal Research and Writing: some starting points, Successful Research Papers, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Guide to Writing Sociology Papers, The Research Essay, Quality Research Papers, Research and Term Papers, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Expository Writing, many more free eBooks about Writing Research Papers.

Academic Dissertations and Theses Collection

About 130 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Academic Dissertations and Theses. Some books: Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, Thesis Writing: a guide to scholarly style, Your Undergraduate Dissertation, Writing the Doctoral Dissertation, Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers, Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation, Style Manual for College Students, How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports, Historical Research for Higher Degrees in the United Kingdom, Writing Your Dissertation with Microsoft Word, Dissertations in English and American Literature, The Portable Dissertation Advisor, Guide to Theses and Dissertations: an international annotated bibliography of bibliographies, A Dissertation-writing Guide for History students, Supervising Postgraduate and Undergraduate Research for Doctoral Theses and Dissertations, A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals, Practical Guide to Graduate Research, many more free eBooks on academic dissertations and theses.

Study and Learning Skills Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Study and Learning Skills. Some books: Become an Ace at Maths, GRE: practicing to take the general test, Tools for Problem Solving, SAT II Success U.S. History, PCAT Success, Reading at University: a guide for students, GRE Exam for Psychology, Listening and Speaking in the Academic World, Get into Law School, Writing Proficiency Examinations Preparation Guide, GRE Exam, Success in College, Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Tests, Student Directed Learning, Citing Sources with MLA Documentation, many more free eBooks on Study and Learning Skills.

Write it: a Guide for Research

Bankhead, Elizabeth et al.
Libraries Unlimited 1988 Dewey Dec. 011

Leading students step-by-step through the research process required for writing term papers, this guide covers everything from reading for background information and keywords and applying advanced search techniques to evaluating information and developing a thesis statement. The book includes an MLA-based style manual with more than 35 sample citations for the types of sources most often used in academic assignments. Designed specifically for high school students, this user-friendly guide maintains the academic rigor demanded by top high schools. Grades 8-12 (and above).

100 Research Topic Guides for Students

Borne, Barbara W.
Greenwood 1996

Hand them this easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to researching 100 popular research papers, and high school students will get off on the right track on their research papers. Designed by a reference and young adult librarian for use in her library, this guide saves both student and librarian time and is a shortcut to effective research. Each photocopyable guide will help the student to locate print and nonprint information about the topic, narrow the scope of the paper, and find related topics. This will reduce student frustration in the research process and introduce the student to the full scope of materials the library has to offer on the topic. Each guide serves not only as a map to library resources but as an outline of library research procedures.
From abortion to youth gangs, the 100 topic guides are organized into sections on science and technology, social issues, social studies, and biography. Each guide contains a capsule description of the topic, call numbers for shelf browsing, subject headings, pamphlet file sources, reference materials, book and CD-ROM periodical indexes, online databases, key words and descriptors to use in searching indexes and databases, a list of videotapes on the topic, fiction relating to the topic, organizations to contact for further information, suggestions for narrowing the topic, and suggestions for related topics. In addition to the guides, an appendix of aids to research will help students with note-taking, bibliographic citations, and electronic database searching. The book is thoroughly indexed for easy access of topic information by students and librarians. Once you use these topic guides you’ll wonder how you and your students ever got along without them.

Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing

Brundage, Anthony
Harlan Davidson 2002

Anthony Brundage has revised his popular book to render an even more detailed, practical and ‘user friendly’ tool for students faced with what can be a daunting task: the researching and writing of a research paper or historiographical essay. After an introductory chapter that describes the different schools of historical thought, Going to the Sources becomes a handy manual, helping the reader to identify and access the many sources — both old and new — available to historical researchers.
TOC: The Ever-Changing Shape and Texture of the Past – The Nature and Variety of Historical Sources – Finding Your Sources: The Library Catalog and Beyond – Exploring Changing Interpretations: The Historiographic Essay – Engaging with Primary Sources: The Research Paper – Conclusion: The Open-Ended Nature of History

Guide to the Study and Reading of American History

Channing, Edward; Hart, Albert Bushnell & Turner, Frederick Jackson
Ginn 1912 Dewey Dec. 016.973

Part and chapter headings are:

Part I – Status and Methods
1. Status of American History
2. Historical Methods

Part II – Classified Bibliography
3. Bibliographical Aids – 4. General Works – 5. Geography – 6. Special Works – 7. Sources – 8. Illustrative Works

Part III – Teaching and Reading History
9. Working Libraries – 10. Class Exercises – 11. Historical Reading – 12. Lectures – 13. Written Work

Part IV – Colonial History and the Revolution, 1492-1783
14. Discovery and Latin Colonization, 1492-1783 – 15. English Explorers and the Southern Colonies, 1497-1760 – 16. Middle Colonies, 1609-1760 – 17. New England, 1607-1760 – 18. Expulsion of the French, 1689-1763 – 19. The Revolution, 1760-1783

Part V – United States History, 1781-1865
20. Genesis of the Union, 1607-1775 – 21. Confederation and Constitution, 1781-1788 – 22. Organization of the Government, 1789-1801 – 23. Foreign Complications, 1801-1815 – 24. Reorganization, 1815-1829 – 25. Jackson’s Administration, 1829-1837 – 26. Slavery and Texas, 1830-1848 – 27. The Slavery Crisis, 1846-1860 – 28. The Civil War Period

Part VI – Recent United States History, 1865-1910
29. Reconstruction and Development, 1865-1872 – 30. Political Reaction, 1872-1880 – 31. New Industrial Foundations, 1880-1890 – 32. Economic Unrest, 1890-1898 – 33. The Transforming Nation, 1898-1910

History: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

History: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

Frick, Elizabeth
Pierian 1995

Introduction to the Humanities: A Study Guide

Holmes, Ira
Harcourt Brace Custom 1997

Principles of Writing Research Papers

Lester, James D. and James D. Jr.
Penguin Academics 2007

The Principles of Writing Research Papers is the ultimate brief research reference. Pocket-sized and inexpensive, this research guide is priced to work as a supplement in any research-oriented course. Designed as a guide for writing research papers both in first-year composition courses and in upper-level courses in all disciplines, The Principles of Writing Research Papers is rooted in the fundamentals of thorough library research but encourages and equips students to use the Internet as well as field research where appropriate. It endorses the written word while recognizing the value of graphics, audio, video, and slide presentations. It includes numerous student samples and excerpts of model research papers with particular attention to MLA documentation style.

Research & Writing: A Complete Guide & Handbook

Mahmoud, Shah
Betterway 1992

“A comprehensive, meticulously detailed guide and handbook for both students and professionals, with equal emphasis on the techniques of research and writing. It is particularly instructive with respect to the use of library resources. The author focuses on the practical of research and writing. He begins with the selection of a topic, then guides the reader from the onset of research to the final written product. He explains how to employ a research process that is both systematic and productive. Library resources are discussed in detail, with many examples given, and the arrangement of information available a library is extensively covered.” -Book cover

A Guide to Library Research Methods

Mann, Thomas
Oxford University 1987

“Provides an overview of the range of material – Discusses in detail both the advantages and disadvantages of using each type of source – Emphasizes seven different research methods that researchers can
apply to any inquiry, including: – Subject heading inquiries – Systematic browsing – Key word searches – Citation searches – Use of published bibliographies – Computer searches – Talking to knowledgeable people” – Book cover

The Oxford Guide to Library Research

Mann, Thomas
Oxford University 1998

Let a general Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress show you the best ways to find the information you need. With all the changes in information storage and retrieval, anyone doing research today may feel unsure of the most efficient ways to use the library. Through clear explanations of nine fundamental methods of searching, Thomas Mann provides an overview of little known but powerful strategies used by librarians and information specialists. These techniques can be applied profitably to almost any area of research, from discovering business records or government documents to unearthing manuscripts in archives or finding genealogical Web sites on line. Chapters explain how to take advantage of controlled vocabularies, browse library shelves systematically, construct keyword searches, use published bibliographies, and even make personal contacts with knowledgeable people. Throughout, Mann enlivens his advice with real world examples, positing along the way some energetic and reasoned arguments against those theorists who have prematurely announced the demise of print. Against the trendy but mistaken assumption that “everything” can be found on the Internet, Mann asserts the lasting value of physical libraries and time tested research strategies, while acknowledging the complementary applications of computer technology. All formats–including books, journals, newspapers, microforms, audiovisual materials, primary documents, bibliographic databases, and digital libraries on the World Wide Web–are considered for their unique advantages, as well as for their limitations. Required reading for students, scholars, information seeking professionals, and laypersons,The Oxford Guide to Library Researchoffers a rich, inclusive overview of the field, one that can save its readers countless hours in the search for information.

100 More Research Topic Guides for Students

McDougald, Dana
Greenwood 1999

A Follow-up to “100 Research Topic Guides for Students” by Barbara Borne (above on this web page). “100 more report topics popular with high school students and teachers, in all basic subject areas such as art, language, science, math, history, political and social sciences, and biography.” – Book cover.

Handbook for College Research

Perrin, Robert
Houghton Mifflin 1997

Complete, concise, and specially designed for easy access, this guide to the process of writing the research paper features a no-nonsense handbook format that helps students quickly find the information they need. The Third Edition of “Handbook for College Research” provides the latest information on locating and evaluating print and electronic source material as well as documenting sources in four different styles (the APA, Chicago, CBE, and updated MLA guidelines). In addition to guiding students in the stages of writing the research paper– planning, drafting, and revising, this edition includes convenient, in-text annotations with each citation, providing clear visual models of the four styles.

Handbook for Research in American History: A Guide to Bibliographies and Other Reference Works

Prucha, Francis P.
University of Nebraska 1994

“An excellent tool for historians of all interests and levels of experience . . . simple to use, and concisely worded” (Western Historical Quarterly).

Searching: A Research Guide for Writers

An Annotated List of 1000 Titles with a full Analytical Index

Tierney, Susan, Kelly, Pamela G., eds.
Writer’s Institute 2008 Dewey Dec. 011

“Contains practical research tips that highlight the most helpful sources for writers of fiction and nonfiction. TOC: Steps on the Research Road – Research Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them – How to Locate and Use Primary Sources – Location, Location, Location – Interviews: An Expert Voice to Bring Nonfiction to Life – Electronic Research: What You Need to Find What You Want – Writer Websites – Build a Well-Rounded Bibliography – Quantity and Quality in Government Sources – Who’s Who of Picture Research.” – Book cover

Canadian History; A Syllabus and Guide to Reading

Trotter, Reginald George
Macmillan 1926 Dewey Dec. 16.971

The Study Outline Series

NY: H.W. Wilson Dewey Dec. 011

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in their Study Outline Series for clubs or individuals desiring a course of study. Each outline furnished an adaptable study program, introduced significant writers on the subject, and provided a bibliography of books and magazine articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title, adding the words “study outline“; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Active Citizenship (1921)

American Art (1917)

Contemporary American Literature (1917)

Contemporary Drama (1915)

Contemporary English Literature (1916)

Country Life and Rural Problems (1918)

Early American Literature (1916)

Home Economics (1915)

Municipal Civics (1915)

The New Poetry (1922)

Present Day Industries in the United States (1916)

Questions of the Hour; Social, Economic, Industrial (1917)

The United States since the Civil War (1916)

Woman Suffrage (1916)

How to carry out research in a library, and research in History; free online books. Writing research papers, including theses and dissertations. Suggested topics and recommended sources for high school student research papers.