Handbook for College Research

ISBN-10: 0618441336

ISBN-13: 9780618441334

Edition: 3rd 2005

Authors: Robert Perrin
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Description: Complete, concise, and specially designed for easy access, this guide to the process of writing the research paper features a no-nonsense handbook format that helps students quickly find the information they need. The Third Edition of Handbook for College Research provides the latest information on locating and evaluating print and electronic source material as well as documenting sources in four different styles (the APA, Chicago, CBE, and updated MLA guidelines). In addition to guiding students in the stages of writing the research paperplanning, drafting, and revising, the new edition includes convenient, in-text annotations with each citation, providing clear visual models of the four styles. Coverage of Internet plagiarism includes practical advice for students on evaluating online sources. Increased coverage of electronic research includes the latest information on conducting electronic research, interpreting search engines, evaluating Internet and other electronic sources, and documenting electronic sources in the four documentation styles. Coverage of MLA documentation reflects changes in the Sixth Edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. In addition to a complete MLA-style student paper, "Walking Through History: The Legacy of the Lincoln Memorial," the text includes student samples throughout its chapters, highlighting the stages of the individual and collaborative writing processes in each documentation style.

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Book details

List price: $77.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 5/7/2004
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Robert Perrin (Ph.D., University of Illinois--Champaign/Urbana) is currently Chairperson of the Department of English at Indiana State University, after serving as Director of Writing Programs for seventeen years. He has won the University's Caleb Mills Award for distinguished teaching and the Theodore Dreiser Award for distinguished research, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Professor award. He has published numerous articles on composition and teaching and has published seven textbooks and research guides, including The Beacon Handbook (six editions) and Handbook for College Research (three editions).

Moving from Subject to Topic: Where Research Begins
Choose a general subject
Narrow your general subject to a specific topic
Work with assigned subjects, when appropriate
Planning Thesis Statements and Stated Objectives
Write a working thesis statement, when appropriate
State your objectives, when appropriate
Defining Research Goals and Evaluating Sources
Acknowledge the goals of your research
Consider the kinds of sources you need
Consider the currentness of your sources
Consider the availability of your sources
Learning about Your Library
Locate the circulation area
Explore the reference area
Familiarize yourself with the catalog area
Explore the stacks
Familiarize yourself with the current periodicals area
Locate the government documents area
Explore the microform area
Find the media area
Browse in the new-book area
Find the preshelving areas
Locate the library's computer clusters
Search out the special collections
Locate any special libraries
Find the interlibrary loan department
Locate the reserve area
Find the photocopy areas
Locate the group study rooms
Learning to Use Online Catalogs and Periodical Databases
Remember what all online catalogs have in common
Learn to locate and interpret information on search screens
Consider the benefits of online periodical databases
Consider what all comprehensive periodical databases have in common
Learn to locate and interpret information on search screens
Conducting Field Research and Using Audiovisual Sources
Consider experts from radio and television
Consider local experts
Consider responses from informed nonspecialists
Prepare thoroughly for interviews
Plan questionnaires and surveys carefully
Consider audiovisual sources
Using the Internet and Other Electronic Sources
Explore a variety of Internet search engines
Learn to interpret Internet search results
Consider the kinds of Internet sources available
Learn how to find information on home pages
Use Web sites judiciously
Consider discussion (or interest) groups
Consider CD-ROM sources
Be aware of special concerns about using electronic sources
Evaluating Sources and Writing a Research Proposal
Compile a preliminary list of sources
Evaluate print sources
Evaluate audiovisual sources
Evaluate Internet sources
Evaluate your combinations of sources
Prepare a research proposal
Thinking Critically
Think critically, analyzing alternative methods of development
Analyze your audience
Evaluate evidence
Avoid logical fallacies
aking Notes from Sources
Consider alternative techniques for taking notes
Take complete, consistent, accurate notes
Take different kinds of notes, depending on the material
Consider the issues of common knowledge
Recognize the seriousness of plagiarism
Planning the Paper
Review your research
Revise the working thesis statement or objective
Develop an informal outline
Group your notes to follow your outline
Prepare a formal outline, when needed
Writing the Draft of the Paper
Remember general strategies for drafting papers
Consider strategies that apply principally to drafting research papers
Incorporate notes in the paper
Use parenthetical notes to document research
Plan your title and your introductory and concluding paragraphs
Revising the Paper
Reconsider content
Rework style
Eliminate technical errors
Solicit responses from other readers
Using MLA Style When Appropriate
Prepare complete citations for the works-cited page
Follow the appropriate citation forms for books and other separately published material
Follow the appropriate citation forms for periodicals
Follow the appropriate citation forms for audiovisual sources
Follow the appropriate citation forms for the Internet and other electronic sources
When appropriate, follow MLA guidelines to prepare your manuscript
Using APA Style When Appropriate
Recognize the distinct documentation patterns of APA style
Consider patterns for in-text citations
Prepare complete entries for the reference list
Follow the appropriate reference-list entry forms for periodicals
Follow the appropriate reference-list entry forms for books and other separately published materials
Follow the appropriate reference-list entry forms for audiovisual sources
Follow the appropriate reference-list entry forms for electronic sources
When appropriate, follow APA guidelines to prepare your manuscript
Using Chicago Style When Appropriate
Recognize the distinct documentation patterns in Chicago style
Consider patterns for footnotes and endnotes
Follow the appropriate note forms for books and other separately published materials
Follow the appropriate note forms for periodicals
Follow the appropriate note forms for audiovisual sources
Follow the appropriate note forms for electronic sources
When required, prepare a bibliography
When appropriate, follow Chicago guidelines to prepare your manuscript
Using CBE Style When Appropriate
Recognize the distinct documentation patterns of CBE style
Consider patterns for in-text documentation
Complete citations for the reference page
Follow the appropriate citation forms for books and other separately published materials
Follow the appropriate citation forms for periodicals and audiovisual sources
When appropriate, follow CBE guidelines to prepare your manuscript
Document Design and Manuscript Preparation Basic Printing Features Visual Elements MLA Manuscript Guidelines
Abbreviations and Shortened Forms of Publishers Names Modern Language Association (MLA) University of Chicago (Chicago) Council of Biology Editors (CBE)
Glossary of Computer Terms
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