I’ve just finished working on a little book, called What every Student Should Know about Researching Online, which I co-authored with Shireen Campbell (which explains the light posting the last few days). It’s going to be roughly 128 pages, and it’s designed to supplement college textbooks in a variety of disciplines.

It’s based on our earlier book Researching Online, but the book had to be nearly completely rewritten from scratch, since the last time we touched that book was in 2002 — light years ago, in internet terms. There was no mention of blogs, MySpace and Facebook didn’t exist yet (we mention them now merely to suggest they aren’t very good research sources), and Google was still just a little search engine company.

Here’s the table of contents:

1. Creating an online persona
2. A field guide to participating in online discussion
3. Evaluating sources
4. Finding the right information
5. Managing the information you find
6. Giving credit to your sources: Copyright online
7. Giving credit to your sources: Documenting online sources
Appendix: How to make anything look good online

I’m pleased with the results, though I really wish we could have had a little more time to polish it. It will be a handy guide for students whose previous experience with the internet was IM and iTunes. You can look for it in your local college bookstore next fall.

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4 Responses to Finished!

  1. Michele says:

    That is fantastic! I’ll buy a few copies for
    classroom use at my high school — our kids think
    you can research everything online…

  2. coturnix says:

    Sounds really interesting and useful. When and where is it going to be available to order/buy?

  3. Anne says:

    Congratulations! Well done.

  4. dave says:

    Thanks for all the interest. Unfortunately, I believe the book will only be available for college instructors who are using Pearson Longman texts. It’s a supplement, designed to differentiate between books. So, for example, if an English teacher is trying to decide between The Little, Brown Handbook (a Longman book) and The St. Martin’s Handbook (not a Longman book), the fact that she can get our little guide bundled with the handbook, at no extra cost to her students, may push her in the direction of the Longman book.

    Coturnix and Anne, I know for sure you could get a review copy, just by calling the publisher, when they’re available (probably mid-summer). Michele, you could try, but I’m not sure if Pearson Longman would send free review copies to a high school. If you had the budget, you could probably buy it bundled with some of their college-level language texts.

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