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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links

CSU Information Competence Tutorial Modules     http://www.calstate.edu/LS/Tutorials.shtml
Nine modules cover all aspects of the research process -- from defining topics to evaluating sources.

Evaluating Web Sites     http://library.riohondo.edu/research_help/Evalweb04/Evalweb04_files/frame.htm
Evaluation principles that can be used on all of your sources.

Information Skills Modules     http://info-skills.lib.vt.edu/
Self-paced modules from Virginia Tech that guide you through the six steps of information research.

Library Research Guide : Seven Steps to Effective Library Research     http://library.smc.edu/research/researchguide/
From Santa Monica College.  Click on "How to Identify and Develop Your Topic."

Project Rio Hondo : E-Learning Library Tutorials      http://library.riohondo.edu/camtasia/website/index.html
Interactive tutorials for ProQuest and ARTstor, created for students by the Rio Hondo College Librarians.  Coming soon, tutorials for SIRS, Issues & Controversies, and Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab -- The OWL     http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
One of the first and still recommended, sites for students on the Web for all aspects of writing papers and projects.

Recommended Search Strategy : Analyze Your Topic & Search with Peripheral Vision    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Strategies.html
Part of "Finding Information on the Internet : A Tutorial" prepared by the librarians at the Teaching Library of UC Berkeley.

Reference & Research -- Databases vs. Web Sites (Hennepin County Library)     http://www.hclib.org/pub/search/difference.cfm
What is a library database?  How is a library database different from a Web site?  Also presents questions to ask about ANY information.

The Research Paper : Ten Steps To Researching It Right     http://library.riohondo.edu/research_help/theresearchpaper.pdf
A helpful, twenty-page research handbook developed for students by the Rio Hondo College Librarians.

Rio Hondo College Library Site Index -- Reference Help     http://library.riohondo.edu/libsitemap.htm
Look under "Research Help."

Student Resources from the Writing Center     http://www.temple.edu/writingctr/handouts/handouts.htm
The Temple University Writing Center has links to Arguments, Thesis Statements and the Writing Process, [et al.].
Highly recommended! *****

TILT     http://tilt.lib.utsystem.edu/
Texas Information Literacy Tutorial, has been licensed for use by libraries all over the world.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

Gale Virtual Reference Library     http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/cclc_rio?db=GVRL
Contains the full text to Gale Reference print volumes.  Search throughout all volumes, or choose a specific reference work.  Titles on humanities, social sciences, as well as government, law, and science, provide overviews for topics for class papers and reports.

Books    
The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books
Non-circulating:

Form and style : research papers, reports, theses
Call number: Ref LB2369.C3 2003

IssueWeb : a guide and sourcebook for researching controversial issues on the Web
Call number: Ref ZA4228.D53 2004

MLA handbook for writers of research papers
Call number: Ref LB2369.G53 2003

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
Call number: Ref BF76.7.P83 2001

Writing research papers : a guide to the process
Call number: Ref LB1047.3.W44 2005

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Bibliography--Methodology--Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Information retrieval--Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Library research--Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Report writing--Study and teaching (Higher)

Report writing--Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Research--Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Articles  
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 3 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. 
Use Advanced Search and type each tern in a separate box:

    1.  (term papers and librar?)
    2.  (library research)
    3.  (evaluation and librar? and internet)

Researched and evaluated by:
Jan Coe, Librarian 12/2001
last update: M. Delatte, Librarian 5/2010

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