Writing Research Papers A Guide to the Process

ISBN-10: 0312414439
ISBN-13: 9780312414436
Edition: 7th 2005
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Description: A friendly, easy-to-use guide, "Writing Research Papers" walks students through every step of the research process -- from finding a topic to searching the Web to formatting the final manuscript. The seventh edition is thoroughly revised to help  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.99
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 10/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

A friendly, easy-to-use guide, "Writing Research Papers" walks students through every step of the research process -- from finding a topic to searching the Web to formatting the final manuscript. The seventh edition is thoroughly revised to help students find and evaluate the very best sources amidst the flood of information that electronic searching makes available.

Preface
Laying the Groundwork
Understanding the Research Process
Basic Steps in the Process
Some Essential Definitions
A More Detailed Look at the Research Process
Deciding on a Topic
Moving from Subject to Topic
Finding the Best Topic
Doing Background Reading or Preliminary Research
Brainstorming to Find a Topic
Four Students Find Their Topics
Moving from Topic to Hypothesis
Benefits of a Hypothesis
Arriving at a Hypothesis by Brainstorming
Four Students Form and Revise Their Hypotheses
Reviewing Part One
Questions
Exercises
Searching for Sources
Developing a Research Strategy
Types of Sources
The Role of Libraries and Librarians
The Library's Home Page
The Data Record
Search Strategies
Finding Books
Using the Library Catalog
Evaluating Results of a Library Catalog Search
Using the Library's Reference Section
Locating Books
Using Electronic Books
Finding Periodicals
Understanding Types of Periodicals
Using Periodical Databases
Evaluating Results of a Database Search
Using Print Indexes
Acquiring Articles from Print-based Periodicals
Acquiring Articles from Web-based Periodicals
Finding Internet Sources
Understanding Types of Web Sites
Understanding Web Addresses
Using Search Engines
Evaluating Results of a Web Search
Using Other Web Resources
Finding Other Kinds of Sources
Other Materials in Your Own Library
Other Print Sources
Television and Radio Programs
Audio-Visual Material from the Web
Interviews and Surveys
Reviewing Part Two
Questions
Exercises
Working with Sources
Developing a Working Bibliography
Setting Up the Working Bibliography
Gathering Potential Sources
Reassessing Your Topic
Evaluating Potential Sources
Skimming Your Sources
Judging the Usefulness of Sources
Evaluating Online Sources
Using Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Cross-Checking Sources
Creating an Annotated Bibliography
Reviewing Your Hypothesis
Taking Effective Notes
Using a Preliminary Outline as a Guide
Using a Statement of Purpose as a Guide
Practical Aspects of Note-Taking
Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Quoting
Paraphrasing
Summarizing
Quoting
Note-Taking for Non-textual Sources
An Extended Example of Effective Note-Taking
Avoiding Plagiarism
Understanding Documentation
Plagiarizing Ideas
Plagiarizing Paraphrases
Paraphrasing without Plagiarizing
Plagiarizing Language
Plagiarizing Facts
Reviewing Part Three
Questions
Exercises
Writing the Paper
Organizing and Outlining
Organizing Your Notes
Refining the Outline
The Traditional Outline Format
Writing the Rough Draft
Getting Ready to Draft
Working on a Computer
Drafting the Introduction
Drafting the Body
Drafting the Conclusion
Revising the Rough Draft
Revising for Organization
Revising for Support
Revising for Language
Revising for Documentation
Two Examples of Revision
Writing the Polished, Final Draft
Reviewing Part Four
Questions
Exercises
Documenting Sources
Understanding Documentation Requirements
Types of Material That Require Source Notes
General Information about In-Text Citations
General Information about the List of Sources
Abbreviations for Bibliographical Terms
Using the MLA Parenthetical System
Guidelines for Parenthetical Citations
Sample Parenthetical Citations
Blending Notes into Your Text Smoothly
Numbered Notes for Special Purposes
Guidelines for Works Cited
Directory to MLA Style for Works Cited
Sample Entries for Books
Sample Entries for Periodicals
Sample Entries for Electronic Sources
Sample Entries for Other Material
Citing Sources of Illustrative Material
Using The APA (Author/Year) System
Guidelines for Parenthetical Citations
Sample Parenthetical Citations
Guidelines for a List of References
Directory to APA Style for a List of References
Sample Entries for Books
Sample Entries for Periodicals
Sample Entries for Electronic Sources
Sample Entries for Other Material
Using Other Documentation Systems
The Chicago (Endnote/Footnote) System
The Number System
Format Preferences for Various Academic Disciplines
Reviewing Part Five
Questions
Exercises
Preparing the Manuscript
Following Format Requirements
Basic Formatting
Following a Particular Format
Creating a Title Page
Creating an Abstract
Paginating Your Paper
Selecting an Appropriate Font
Using Color
Four Sample Research Papers
MLA-Style Paper: "The New Immigrants: Asset or Burden?"
MLA-Style Paper: "Emily Dickinson's Reluctance to Publish"
APA-Style Paper: "Solenopis invicta: Destroyer of Ecosystems"
Chicago-Style Paper: "Cotton Mather's Necessary Witches"
Appendix of Reference Sources
Index

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