Rodrigues Responds to Bleck

Author's Response:

I appreciate Bradley Bleck's kind review of my book: he has understood my purpose extraordinarily well and has even suggested a rationale for the order of the chapters that I hadn't recognized myself. In addition, he has aptly pointed out some problems that plague books like this; in particular, the daunting task of keeping links on the related Web site up-to-date.

I'd like to respond to just a few of the points he makes, for having someone look critically at the book makes me want to be somewhat critical of my own work:

What is the next step for books that foreground research on the Web? Is the profession ready for full-blown research guides that integrate the Web and Web search strategies? As I think about a possible next step, I am considering writing a guide to research writing that presents a more balanced perspective on the entire research process, one that integrates library searching, searching online databases, and Web searching more fully than I have been able to do in this book. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who is interested in discussing this with me.

Dawn Rodrigues
Senior Lecturer, English and Speech
University of Texas at Brownsville
Brownsville, Texas 78520

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