Real World Research Skills: An Introduction to Factual, International, Judicial, Legislative, and Regulatory Research

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Real World Research Skills: An Introduction to Factual, International, Judicial, Legislative, and Regulatory Research by Peggy Garvin ISBN: 1587330075 Published: 2006 Pages: 116 pp.; softcover Price: $23.97

Available from: TheCapitol.Net, PO Box 25706, Alexandria, VA 22313-5706; 703/739-3790; www.thecapitol.net

Guest review by Deborah A. Liptak, owner of info2go, deb@debsinfo2go.us

This book is proof that great things do indeed come in small packages. The author, an experienced writer and researcher on all topics of government (including the monthly government column on LLRX), provides a good overview to researching government information.

"Do you understand the question?" Garvin asks. She dedicates Chapter 1, "Going Beyond Google," to information literacy skills and evaluation, which are necessary for the common person to formulate basic questions and make informed decisions. Search engines, databases, Boolean operators, and limits are demonstrated using real-world examples from government Web pages.

This is a bare-bones introduction (in outline form) to factual, international, judicial, legislative, and regulatory sources found within the three branches of the federal government, selected state and international resources, and expert and insider information sources. …