Research Papers for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 0764554263
ISBN-13: 9780764554261
Edition: 2002
Authors: Geraldine Woods
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Writing research papers doesn't need to be intimidating. Whether you're a student, or an adult returning to college, this work makes the task approachable and simple.

Introduction
How to Use This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Bonus Web Chapter
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Figuring Out What You Are Writing and How to Write It
Running a Marathon in Sandals, or Writing a Research Paper
Writing Research Papers Is for Your Own Good, Honest
Cooking Up a Research Paper: The Basic Ingredients
Meeting the Family: Characteristics of Each Type of Research Paper
Climbing the Steps to Successful Research Papers
Getting on the Right Track: Tips for Saving Time and Effort
Making a Long Story Short
Timing Is Everything
Finding a Method That Suits Your Madness
Discovering a Method That Suits Your Authority Figure's Madness
What Am I Writing About?
Defining Terms: Subject, Topic, and Thesis
Selecting a Subject for Your Paper: The Subject of Your Affection
Attending to the Topic of Topics
Moving from a Topic to a Thesis
Surveying the Territory: When Your Paper Doesn't Need a Thesis
Finding Everything about Anything: Research
Casting a Wide Net: Choosing Sources for Your Paper
Sourcing Your Paper: How Many and What Kinds Do You Need?
Stalking the Wild Source: A Field Guide
Distrusting What You Find: A Guide to Evaluating Sources
Surfing Safari: Researching Online
Creating an Effective Search
Taking You Where You Want to Go: Search Engines and Subject Catalogues
Traveling Express: Metasearch Engines
Searching Online Databases
Finding the Best of the Internet: Good Spots to Begin Your Research
Drowning in Information? How to Swim to Shore
Working from Traditional Sources
Researching from Library Books
Finding Books in Bookstores
Locating Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Panning for Gold in the Pamphlet File
Finding Audio-Visual Sources: You Oughta Be in Pictures
Associating with Experts
Examining George Washington's Letters: Researching from Special Collections
Real Live People: Interviewing Techniques
Finding Interview Subjects: Where the People Are
Getting the Interview
Preparing for the Interview
Conducting the Interview
Cleaning Up: Changing Real Speech into Readable Quotations
Collecting Pearls of Wisdom: How to Take Notes
One Size Does Not Fit All: Note-Taking Methods
Carding--the Old System
Note Taking on the Computer
Can't We All Get Along? Combining Note Cards and Computers
Highlighting and Indexing
Indexing Audio-Visual Sources
Documenting Your Sources
Note Taking: What to Write, What to Skip
Surveying the Field: Preliminary Notes
Note Taking with Focus
Avoiding Common Pitfalls: Too Many, Too Few, and Repetitive Notes
N Tkg W/Abbr.
Taking Proper Notes: An Example
Staying on the Right Side of the Law
Avoiding Plagiarism for Fun and Profit
Quote Unquote
Deciding When to Cite Sources
Seeing What You Don't Have to Cite
Following the Golden Rule of Citations
Staying on the Right Side of the Copyright Law
More Than Sharpening Pencils: Preparing to Write
Forming a Thesis Statement
Laying a Firm Foundation for Your Paper
Forming a Thesis and Writing a Thesis Statement
Avoiding Potholes: Too Broad, Too Narrow, or Self-Evident Theses
Examining Quality Thesis Statements
Forming a Topic Sentence
Choosing a Title
Choosing a Structure for Your Paper
Marrying Form and Content: The Right Structure with the Right Thesis
Considering the Options: Structures for Every Occasion
Organizing a Paper That Doesn't Have a Thesis
Personalizing a Structural Framework
Organizing the Information: Subtopics
Mining Research Notes for Subtopics
Matching Subtopics to Structure
Sorting Notes: Placing the Right Idea in the Right Basket
The Battle Plan: Constructing an Outline
Drawing Up a Battle Plan: Why Outlines Are Necessary
Indenting by the Rules: How to Format an Outline
Turning Notes into an Outline: A Practical Guide
Checking the Logical Path
Turn on the Computer, Fill the Fountain Pen: It's Time to Write
Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Writing an Effective Introduction
Setting Your Reader on the Right Path: What an Introduction Accomplishes
Creating and Placing the Essential Elements of the Introduction
Steering Clear of Vague Introductions
Writing Introductions for Science and Business Research Papers
The Body of Evidence
Putting Meat on the Bones: Writing the Body of the Paper
Defining Paragraphs and Writing Topic Sentences
Staying on Topic: The Tuna Fish Defense
Connecting the Dots: Moving from One Subtopic to Another
Presenting Evidence and Relating It to a Thesis
Inserting Quotations
One Picture Is Worth
Answering Objections in Advance: Concession and Reply
And in Conclusion
Summarizing versus Concluding: How to Tell the Difference
Packing the Essentials: What the Conclusion Must Contain
Getting It Together: How to Combine the Essential Elements of a Conclusion
Concluding a Survey Paper
Concluding Science Research Papers
The Picky Stuff: Citing Sources
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Documenting Sources
Meeting the Major Players in the Citation Game
It's a Breeze: The Final Draft
Polishing Is Not Just for Shoes
Styling Your Sentences
Fixing Grammar Gremlins
Putting It All Together
Solving Special Problems
Adjusting Length: The Long and the Short of It
Overcoming Writer's Block
Surviving Research Disasters
The Part of Tens
The Ten Best Ways to Start Electronic Research
Designing a Search
Revving Up a Search Engine
Taxing Government Resources
Hitting the Library
Hitting the Other Library
Checking Your FAQs
Getting Down to Business
Reading the Paper
Opening Up a Subject Catalogue
Finding People
The Ten Best Ways to Start Traditional Research
Asking the Boss
Asking the Librarian
Opening the Catalogue
Referring to Reference Books
Checking the Children's Section
Reading the Reader's Guide
Noting the News
Perusing the Pamphlet File
Browsing Bowker's
Going Shopping
Appendix
Arts
Arts Topics for Younger Writers
History
History Topics for Younger Writers
Literature and Language
Literature Topics for Younger Writers
Science, Mathematics, and Technology
Science, Mathematics, and Technology Topics for Younger Writers
Social Science and Psychology
Social Science and Psychology Topics for Younger Writers
Interdisciplinary Ideas
Interdisciplinary Ideas for Younger Writers
Index

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