Research Process A Complete Guide and Reference for Writers

ISBN-10: 0767411390

ISBN-13: 9780767411394

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: Martin Maner
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Book details

List price: $93.67
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 10/15/1999
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 386
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Research—Who Needs It?
The Nature of Research Writing
The Purpose of Research Writing
Research as New Knowledge
Defining the Necessary Degree of Doubt
Describing, Narrating, Explaining, and Arguing
Prewriting
Using a Research Journal to Develop the Argument
Avoiding Mistakes in Choosing a Topic
Finding and Narrowing the Topic
Start with Ideas and Questions in Your Journal
Overview of the Research Writing Process
State Your Hypothesis Before Source Hunting
Finding Evidence to Support Your Hypothesis
Must an Objective Library Paper Have an Argument?
Topics and Stages of Writing
The Learning Spiral
Subject Areas and Narrow Topics
Using Indexes and Subject Headings to Formulate a Topic
A Twenty-Question Method of Topic Formulation
A Five-Question Method of Topic Formulation
How to Make an Assigned Topic Interesting
Generating an Argument
Avoiding Passive Information Gathering
Using Exposition Effectively
Arguing with Yourself
Making the Argument Develop
Can I Really Challenge Experts?
The Three Bases of Persuasion
Toulmin’s Approach to Argument
Finding Sources
How Many Sources Am I Looking For?
Magic Solutions
Starting a Bibliographical Card File
Preliminaries
Step One: Using Encyclopedias
Step Two: Using Library Catalogs
Step Three: Using Indexes
Step Four: Searching the Internet
After Step Four: What Next?
Items to Record When Copying Citations
Interpreting Title Pages, Copyright Pages, and Computer Screens
Writing a Short Plan
A Prospectus and Its Advantages
Formats for a Prospectus
An Abstract
Using a Short Plan to Guide Your Research
Gathering Information
Active Reading
Evaluating Sources
Note-Taking Methods
Three Types of File: Journal, Notes, Bibliography
Using Topic Headings to Organize Your Notes
Avoiding Plagiarism: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
Sample Journal Entries, Notes, and Bibliography Cards
Notes on Disks
Using Photocopies Responsibly to Avoid Plagiarism
Using Interviews
Research Paper Formats: MLA and APA
Overview of Research Paper Formats
All Formats: The Function of Documentation
Plagiarism and Common Knowledge
MLA Format: General Appearance
MLA Format: Parenthetical Documentation
MLA Format: The List of Works Cited
APA Format: General Appearance
APA Format: Parenthetical Documentation
APA Format: The List of Works Cited
Research Paper Formats: CBE and Chicago CBE
Citation Sequence Format: General Appearance
CBE Citation Sequence Format: Documentation
CBE Citation Sequence Format: The List of Cited References
Chicago Format: General Appearance
Chicago Format: Documentation
Chicago Format: The List of Works Cited
Writing the Rough Draft
Outlines
Starting the Rough Draft
Assembling the Rough Draft from Notes
Assembling the Rough Draft on a Word Processor
Style and Usage: “To Whom Am I Speaking” or “Who Am I Speaking To?”
Developing Good Working Habits
Strategies for Introductions and Conclusions
Avoiding the Bad Habits of Academic Writers: An Editor’s Advice
Revising the Rough Draft
Guidelines for Revision
Using the Topic Outline as a Guide to Revision
Generating a Sentence Outline While Revising the Rough Draft
Examples of Outlines Used in Revision
Revising to Improve the Argumentative Focus
The Hook Paragraph Transition
Other Types of Transition
Adjusting the Length of Paragraphs
A Sample Revision
Revising as Self-Criticism
Editing
Collaboration in Editing
Criteria for Editing
Edit for Coherence
Three Common Mistakes That Destroy Coherence
Edit for Conciseness
Punctuate for Clarity
Proofread for Mechanical Errors
Use Global Searches to Edit Details
Special Problems in Research Writing
Trying to Do Too Much
Special Problems in Finding Sources
Copyright Law and the Ethics of Research
Mechanics
All Formats: General Appearance
MLA Format Mechanics
APA Format Mechanics: Differences from MLA Format
CBE Format Mechanics: Differences from MLA Format In each chapter: Quick View Exercises
Glossary
Credits
Index
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