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Overview

 

Simplifying the Research Process to Make Sense of the Complex

ProQuest Research Companion is a new, intuitive, and self-guided product that supports information literacy, writing, and research-skills instruction occurring in today's libraries, classrooms, and online learning environments. It provides a new foundation and companion to "one-shot" sessions, allowing librarians and educators to focus on teaching the more complex research and writing principles.

Studies have shown that today's researchers are unequivocally overwhelmed with too much information and data—throughout all the stages of research process. By combining learning modules and quick-start evaluator tools into one resource, ProQuest Research Companion helps researchers in their quest to more effectively find, evaluate, and use information.

Developed by writing instructors and librarians, ProQuest Research Companion is comprised of nine Learning Modules and seven interactive Tools—all designed to automate the basic parts of the research process. The multimedia-based Learning Modules engage students to think more critically and creatively about their research, while powerful, interactive Tools help students navigate through the research process more quickly to spend more time on the research that interests them most. The responsive design means it's adaptable to all devices—laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Learning Modules

Provide support to your literacy instruction

The Learning Modules are organized into easily digestible sections and are structured as nine commonly asked researcher questions which provide a foundation and context for finding, evaluating, and using information. The modules in this unit cover such topics as "Where do I start?" to "How do I avoid plagiarism and find my own voice?" to “What’s the best way to revise?” The dynamic Learning Modules are delivered as a series of visually compelling and inventive videos, or in a full-text, readable format and are written in a conversational style that improves learning outcomes and maximizes retention. Optimized for viewing on any device—watch or read on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Tools

Organized as Topic and Search Aids, as well as source Evaluator tools, researchers get right to the information they need in this section. These quick and easy-to-use tools automate the basic parts of the research process by leveraging the power of ProQuest data sources—including Ulrich's and Books In Print, and the expert ProQuest editorial team.

  • The Evaluator tools make evaluating resources easy—a simple search box allows the user to type in the title of a periodical or book, or copy and paste a URL, and data results about that source are displayed.
  • The Search Aid helps students develop more effective search queries.
  • Topic Aid connects students to topic overviews and helps them choose a topic they're really interested in.
  • The Revision Aid helps researchers write more clearly and persuasively.

Harnessing the Power of ProQuest

Unlike other information literacy products, ProQuest Research Companion harnesses the power of the unique data repositories from Ulrich's and Books in Print to provide answers and context to students’ most commonly asked research questions.

Presented in an easy-to-use and collaborative format, Research Companion can be effortlessly incorporated into the student researcher's workflow to get to answers and context quickly.

ProQuest Research Companion gives librarians and educators the tools and resources to:

  • Prepare high school and community college students for university-level research
  • Help undergrad and graduate students produce better papers faster

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Gain a better understanding of how this new information literacy resource can change the way you currently teach information literacy and research skills. Connect with your ProQuest Account Manager to learn more, set up a trial, and request pricing.

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