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Online Guide to Writing and Research

Online Guide to Writing and Research addition, some content might be more effectively arranged. For instance, the Guide contains General works checklists for personal assessment and for developing a writing plan, but these are contained in the appendices outside of the modules and could easily be missed. The RR 2016/175 Guide’s feedback form is also outside of the modules, and while UMUC would certainly University of Maryland University College know better than this reviewer, more prominent Adelphi, MD placement of the feedback form throughout the Guide could be beneficial. URL: www.umuc.edu/writingcenter/onlineguide/ A further question is the role of video and Last visited March 2016 animation, interactive or otherwise, in the Gratis Guide. Would they be a help or a hindrance? Keywords Research methods, Written communications The current videos could be more prominent, Review DOI 10.1108/RR-03-2016-0059 easier to access and more engaging. Most importantly, however, after experiencing the text Through content and design, the University of of this Guide on its own, it appears that Maryland University College’s (UMUC) Online scanning through video tutorials would be less Guide to Writing and Research (www.umuc.edu/ effective than being able to directly choose from writingcenter/onlineguide/) provides refreshing, the very specific modules in this superb tool for step-by-step guidance for academic writing and students, faculty, writers and information research, breaking down numerous possibilities professionals. for fledgling and seasoned writers alike, into an Ian Boucher ally of many applications that is as easy and Emerging Technologies and Outreach Librarian, appealing to navigate as it is logical and Elizabeth Braswell Pearsall Library, comprehensible. North Carolina Wesleyan College, The Guide is a series of clear and colorful Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA modules, each page consisting of a spot-on summary, frequently followed by a bullet point review. The modules skillfully guide users RR 2016/176 through topics such as writing strategies and Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie patterns, keeping accurate research records and Murphy Rule: Life’s Hidden Rules and assessing one’s writing. Some pages include video tutorials, and the Guide additionally offers Theories external links to writing labs at other Philip Gooden institutions. The Guide’s library resources Bloomsbury module focuses on the resources for the UMUC London and New York community, but nevertheless provides valuable perspective. As far as design is concerned, tabs 2015 ensure that no module is far away, and the xvi  228 pp. Guide’s colors of red, blue, white, yellow and ISBN 978 1 4729 1502 3 (print); gray contrast well and further facilitate the user’s ISBN 978 1 4729 1504 7 (ePDF); orientation. The layout of the text is clear and ISBN 978 1 4729 1503 0 (ePub) appealing and key terms link to a glossary. £16.99 $22.95 (print) £10.99 $12.99 (e-book) The Guide is perfect for beginners approaching academic writing for the first time, Keyword Conduct of life as well as professionals looking to reflect upon Review DOI 10.1108/RR-04-2016-0105 their experiences. An expansive and potentially This collection of numerous examples of modern overwhelming prospect becomes an opportunity “rules” and “laws” could have been extremely for proactive engagement with the world – in useful for the public library enquiry desk of old. text, no less. If you have ever struggled to remember the The Guide certainly has room for growth. Its name of that rule of internet comments which sections on citation styles do not include links to says that Hitler will be mentioned within ten more detailed information. Similarly, although posts or of the details of the idea that 80 per listed, information on accessing the references cent of consequences result from 20 per cent of used to create the Guide could be helpful. In causes, this ought to be the book for you. Unfortunately, while it does cover these topics, it is not designed as a reference book and the Reference Reviews index seems to be an afterthought, rather than Volume 30 · Number 6 · 2016 · pp. 6 –8 © Emerald Group Publishing Limited · ISSN 0950-4125 an integral facet of the book. In general, names http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Reviews Emerald Publishing

Online Guide to Writing and Research

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addition, some content might be more effectively arranged. For instance, the Guide contains General works checklists for personal assessment and for developing a writing plan, but these are contained in the appendices outside of the modules and could easily be missed. The RR 2016/175 Guide’s feedback form is also outside of the modules, and while UMUC would certainly University of Maryland University College know better than this reviewer, more prominent Adelphi, MD placement of the feedback form throughout the Guide could be beneficial. URL: www.umuc.edu/writingcenter/onlineguide/ A further question is the role of video and Last visited March 2016 animation, interactive or otherwise, in the Gratis Guide. Would they be a help or a hindrance? Keywords Research methods, Written communications The current videos could be more prominent, Review DOI 10.1108/RR-03-2016-0059 easier to access and more engaging. Most importantly, however, after experiencing the text Through content and design, the University of of this Guide on its own, it appears that Maryland University College’s (UMUC) Online scanning through video tutorials would be less Guide to Writing and Research (www.umuc.edu/ effective than being able to directly choose from writingcenter/onlineguide/) provides refreshing, the very specific modules in this superb tool for step-by-step guidance for academic writing and students, faculty, writers and information research, breaking down numerous possibilities professionals. for fledgling and seasoned writers alike, into an Ian Boucher ally of many applications that is as easy and Emerging Technologies and Outreach Librarian, appealing to navigate as it is logical and Elizabeth Braswell Pearsall Library, comprehensible. North Carolina Wesleyan College, The Guide is a series of clear and colorful Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA modules, each page consisting of a spot-on summary, frequently followed by a bullet point review. The modules skillfully guide users RR 2016/176 through topics such as writing strategies and Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie patterns, keeping accurate research records and Murphy Rule: Life’s Hidden Rules and assessing one’s writing. Some pages include video tutorials, and the Guide additionally offers Theories external links to writing labs at other Philip Gooden institutions. The Guide’s library resources Bloomsbury module focuses on the resources for the UMUC London and New York community, but nevertheless provides valuable perspective. As far as design is concerned, tabs 2015 ensure that no module is far away, and the xvi  228 pp. Guide’s colors of red, blue, white, yellow and ISBN 978 1 4729 1502 3 (print); gray contrast well and further facilitate the user’s ISBN 978 1 4729 1504 7 (ePDF); orientation. The layout of the text is clear and ISBN 978 1 4729 1503 0 (ePub) appealing and key terms link to a glossary. £16.99 $22.95 (print) £10.99 $12.99 (e-book) The Guide is perfect for beginners approaching academic writing for the first time, Keyword Conduct of life as well as professionals looking to reflect upon Review DOI 10.1108/RR-04-2016-0105 their experiences. An expansive and potentially This collection of numerous examples of modern overwhelming prospect becomes an opportunity “rules” and “laws” could have been extremely for proactive engagement with the world – in useful for the public library enquiry desk of old. text, no less. If you have ever struggled to remember the The Guide certainly has room for growth. Its name of that rule of internet comments which sections on citation styles do not include links to says that Hitler will be mentioned within ten more detailed information. Similarly, although posts or of the details of the idea that 80 per listed, information on accessing the references cent of consequences result from 20 per cent of used to create the Guide could be helpful. In causes, this ought to be the book for you. Unfortunately, while it does cover these topics, it is not designed as a reference book and the Reference Reviews index seems to be an afterthought, rather than Volume 30 · Number 6 · 2016 · pp. 6 –8 © Emerald Group Publishing Limited · ISSN 0950-4125 an integral facet of the book. In general, names

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