The College Student's Research Companion, Fifth Edition: Finding, Evaluating, and Citing the Resources You Need to Succeed

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Most students faced with writing a research paper probably start at the same place--Google. Here’s a cutting-edge guide that will save your students from fruitless, random web searching. Arlene Quartiello, formerly an academic librarian who now teaches college English, and Jane Devine, coauthor of Going Beyond Google, provide up-to-date guidance for using traditional and online sources.


Students will learn to select a topic, effectively find and evaluate the best information in both print and electronic formats, and produce accurate and complete citations based on current versions of important styles guides and web resources.

Each chapter includes exercises that reinforce the instruction and guidance. A companion website accompanies this new edition to give readers hot links for all of the book’s URLs, and supplementary materials including additional exercises and examples that help clarify how to apply the techniques.

Written in an easy, breezy style and filled with real-world examples, illustrative diagrams, and screen shots, this is the ideal guide for anyone aspiring to write an excellent research paper on their own or following this text in a research skills or information literacy course.

Arlene Rodda Quaratiello

Jane Devine

Jane Devine has been the chief librarian and department chair for the LaGuardia Community College Library since 2004. Before that, she served as LaGuardia's periodicals/government documents/electronic resources librarian and also worked for the New York Public Library as a reference librarian.

"With its highly detailed, readers will find this a handy desk reference for a quick dip in a moment of need. The readable tone promises tattered corners rather than dormroom dust. Not to be missed is the book's companion website, which provides links to the sites referred to throughout ... Clearly written with the college student in mind, other audiences can make excellent use of this title--including high school students, inquisitive adults, teaching librarians, and library science students."

"This valuable book, including an index and visuals, will assist any student who is starting a research project, struggling through a research assignment, or putting the final touches on a paper. Written so that a novice can understand, the materials are comprehensive enough to suit even the graduate student or advanced scholar performing research."
— ARBA Online

"A strongly-recommended resource for starting college freshmen or for library science collections."
— The Midwest Book Review