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General Research Considerations & Evaluating Information
Copyright and Intellectual Property
A concise guide to copyright issues and considerations of interest to anyone working with information. (PDF format - view with Adobe Reader)
Critical Thinking Skills
Learn to ask questions and evaluate information.
Hamilton College Style Sheet
This college website provides a variety of helpful guides:
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How to Write a Research Paper
Leads you step by step through the process.
How to Write a Research Paper in 10 Easy Steps
Tips and ideas from enotes.com.
How to Write a Term Paper
Topics include: choose a topic, craft a thesis, evaluate thesis and sources, identify a variety of information sources, take efficient notes, begin and organize a research paper, use parenthetical documentation, prepare a Works Cited page, draft and revise a research paper. From Gale Cengage Learning.
Planning and Writing a Research Paper
Sections include: Discovering, Narrowing, and Focusing a Researchable Topic; Finding, Selecting, and Reading Sources; Grouping, Sequencing, and Documenting Information; Writing an Outline and a Prospectus for Yourself; Writing the Introduction; Writing the Body; Writing the Conclusion; Revising the Final Draft. From The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin. See also their Common Types of Writing Assignments page for more tips and ideas.
A Research Guide for Students
Includes many styles such as MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, Columbia Guide to Online Style, and others.
Researchers
Overview of services and resources available to researchers at Middletown Thrall Library. (PDF format - view with Adobe Reader)
Urban Legends
Learn about urban legends and consider the possibility some "information" you encounter might be a rumor, lie, or a hoax.
Writing a Research Paper
Choosing a Topic, Identifying an Audience, and more tips. From Purdue University.

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Citations & Style Guides
APA Citation Examples
From the University of Maryland University College.
The Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide
A concise guide from the publishers of this popular style guide for writers and researchers.

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New Questions and Answers
From the Chicago Manual of Style Online.
CiteSource
Citation examples for Chicago Manual of Style, ASA, MLA, ACS, APA and APSA. From Trinity College Library in Hartford, CT.

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Chicago Manual of Style
Links to PDFs for examples to follow. From Trinity College Library in Hartford, CT.
Citation Style for Research Papers
From Long Island University, this website has citation guides for APA, MLA (Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.; MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd ed.), Turabian, Chicago, and AMA. "Each segment of the citation is color coded. For instance, authors are in blue, book titles in pink, etc. making it quicker to identify each part."
Citing References in Your Paper
Sections include: Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources, APSA (American Political Science Association), APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago/Turabian, CBE (Council of Biology Editors), MLA (Modern Language Association), Numbered References. From The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
Online edition of the classic writing guide complete with rules of composition and tips for improved writing. Provided by Bartleby.com.
Frequently Asked Questions about APA Style
"These FAQs will help clarify frequent areas of confusion." From the American Psychological Association.
Noodletools
An integrated note-taking and documentation program with both free and subscription services. Fill in your specific source data and one tool will format it in MLA or APA style.
The Purdue Owl: Research and Citation Resources
Citation Resources for citaion in APA, MLA, and Chicago Manual of Style. From Purdue University.

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APA Style
Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition
MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Turabian Citation Guide
"These styles are essentially the same as those presented in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, with slight modifications for the needs of student writers." Based on Kate L. Turabian's Manual for Writers.


Online Research (Internet / Web / Electronic)

General Online Research Considerations
Copyright and Intellectual Property
A concise guide to copyright issues and considerations of interest to anyone working with information. (PDF format - view with Adobe Reader)
Critical Thinking Skills
Learn to ask questions and evaluate information.
Research Paper Topics
From eNotes.
SourceWatch
"SourceWatch is a collaborative project of the Center for Media and Democracy to produce a directory of the people, organizations and issues shaping the public agenda. A primary purpose of SourceWatch is documenting the PR and propaganda activities of public relations firms and public relations professionals engaged in managing and manipulating public perception, opinion and policy. SourceWatch also includes profiles on think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests. Over time, SourceWatch has broadened to include others involved in public debates including media outlets, journalists, government agencies, activists and nongovernmental organizations."
Search Smarter, Better
Some helpful hints and other information to consider when searching or typing your keywords into a search engine. (PDF format - view with Adobe Reader)
Urban Legends
Learn about urban legends and consider the possibility some "information" you encounter might be a rumor, lie, or a hoax.
Using Primary Sources on the Web
Topics include: What are Primary Sources, Finding Primary Sources on the Web, Evaluating Primary Source Web Sites, Citing Web Sites. From the American Library Association (ALA).
Web Checklist
Things to think about when doing any kind of web-based research. Document provided by Middletown Thrall Library. (PDF format - view with Adobe Reader)


Current Events Sources
Current Interests Center
A directory of major news media, government, and other sources on currently hot topics. Directory provided by Middletown Thrall Library.
Special Coverage Center
In-depth coverage concerning a variety of major topics in the news. Provided by Middletown Thrall Library.


Research Databases on the Web
Databases: What They Are and Why You You Should Use Them
(PDF format - view with Adobe Reader)
Databases: Literature and Literary Criticism
Need to find some information, criticism, or interpretations on a major literary work? Or do you need information about an author or her or his writings? Check out these databases.
Databases: General Research
Use these when researching topics not covered by any of our specialized databases, encyclopedias, or Virtual Reference Library items.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Great for researching various positions on a certain hot topic or controversial subject.



Virtual Reference Library
Middletown Thrall Library's Virtual Reference Library
Items in the Virtual Reference Library are owned by Thrall and are an electronic (web-based) equivalent of the actual book as it was published in print. Categories of available information include: Arts, Biography, Business, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.



Websites - Finding & Evaluating
Critical Thinking Skills
Learn to ask questions and evaluate information.
Information Guides
From Middletown Thrall Library. If you specifically need web-based information when doing research, please try our guides first before resorting to any search engine. Also consider using our free Ask a Librarian service on the web to ask for more websites and information on your research topic.
Web Checklist
Things to think about when doing any kind of web-based research. Document provided by Middletown Thrall Library. (PDF format - view with Adobe Reader)
Search Smarter, Better
Some helpful hints and other information to consider when searching or typing your keywords into a search engine. (PDF format - view with Adobe Reader)
Urban Legends
Learn about urban legends and consider the possibility some "information" you encounter might be a rumor, lie, or a hoax.




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