Modern Researcher

ISBN-10: 0155625136

ISBN-13: 9780155625136

Edition: 5th 1992

Authors: Jacques Barzun

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This classic introduction to the techniques of research and the art of expression is used widely in history courses, but is also appropriate for writing and research methods courses in other departments. Barzun and Graff thoroughly cover every aspect of research, from the selection of a topic through the gathering, analysis, writing, revision, and publication of findings presenting the process not as a set of rules but through actual cases that put the subtleties of research in a useful context. Part One covers the principles and methods of research; Part Two covers writing, speaking, and getting one's work published.
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Book details

List price: $50.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Harcourt College Publishers
Publication date: 1/2/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496

Jacques Barzun was born in Cr�teil, France on November 30, 1907. He came to the United States in 1920 and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1927. Following graduation, he joined Columbia's faculty as an instructor while continuing his studies in graduate school there, receiving a master's degree in 1928 and a doctorate in French history in 1932. He became a full professor in 1945, was dean of graduate faculties from 1955 to 1958, and dean of faculties from 1958 to 1967. He retired from Columbia University in 1975. He was a historian and cultural critic. The core of his work was the importance of studying history to understand the present and a fundamental respect for intellect. Although he wrote on subjects as diverse as detective fiction and baseball, he was especially known for his many books on music, nineteenth-century romanticism and education. His works include Darwin, Marx and Wagner: Critique of a Heritage; Romanticism and the Modern Ego; The House of Intellect; Race: A Study in Superstition; Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers; A Stroll with William James; The Culture We Deserve; and From Dawn to Decadence. He died on October 25, 2012 at the age of 104.

Preface to the Sixth Edition
Acknowledgments
List of Figures
Principles and Methods of Research
Research and Report: Characteristics
The Report: A Fundamental Form
The Historical Outlook Underlies Research and Report
Reporting History in Daily Life
The Past Is All-Inclusive
The Research Reporter and Scholar
Historical Writing: Its Origins and Demands
The ABC of Technique
The Prime Difficulty: What Is My Subject?
I Have All My Material--But Have You?
The Practical Imagination at Work
A Note Is First a Thought
Knowledge for Whom?
Hard Work Makes Royal Roads
Finding the Facts
The Detective and the Clues
Library and Internet
A Surfeit of Sources
Defining the Quarry
Cross-Questioning the Book
Professional Informants: Reference Books
Up-to-Date Reference Works
Contemporary Opinion Now and Earlier
Finding One's Peers and One's Ancestors
Facts and Numbers from Maps
What Else Do I Need?
Verification
How the Mind Seeks Truth
Collation, or Matching Copy with Source
Rumor, Legend, and Fraud
Falsification on the Increase
Attribution: Putting a Name to a Document
Explication: Clearing Up Details in Manuscripts
Destroying Myths
Identification: Giving Due Credit for Authorship
The Snare of Pseudonyms
Handling Ideas
Fact and Idea: An Elusive Distinction
Large Ideas as Facts of History
Technical Terms: All or None
The Technique of Self-Criticism
Reporters' Fallacies: How to Avoid Them
The Scholar and the Great Ideas
Truth, Causes, and Conditions
The Types of Evidence
Probability the Guide
Clio and the Doctors
Assertion versus Suggestion
Note Qualifiers in All Conclusions
Skepticism under Control
Subjective and Objective: The Right Meanings
Knowledge of Fact and Knowledge of Causes
On Cause and Measurement
Pattern, Bias, and Revisionism
The Reason of Historical Periods and Labels
The Conditions of Pattern-Making
The Sources of Bias and Its Correctives
The View from Inside
Revisionism Good and Bad
The Philosophy and "Laws" of History
Writing, Speaking, and Publishing
Organizing: Paragraph, Chapter, and Part
The Function of Form and of Forms
The Steps in Organizing
The Chapter: Role, Size, and Title
Composing: By Instinct or by Outline?
Troubleshooting after Lapses
The Book Review and the Paragraph
Plain Words: The War on Jargon and Cliches
Keep Aware of Words
The State of the Language
Jargon: Origin and Sources
Be Strict about Signposts
Picture All Verbal Images
Decide Which Images Are Alive
Give Up Omnibus Words and Dressing Gowns
Observe Idiom and Implications
Clear Sentences: Emphasis, Tone, and Rhythm
Live Sentences for Lively Thoughts
Mismatching of Parts
Five-Legged Sheep and Other Monsters
Modern Prose: Its Virtues and Vices
Punctuating for Smooth Reading
Carpentry or Cabinetmaking?
The Sound of the Sense
The Arts of Quoting and Translating
Three Recurrent Tasks
The Philosophy of Quoting
The Mechanics of Quotation
Difficulties and Dangers of Translation
Dictionaries and "False Friends"
Literalism and Paraphrase
To Translate Is to "Carry Over"
The Rules of Citing: Footnotes and Bibliography
Types and Functions of Footnotes
Footnote Form and Forms
Footnoting: When, Where, How Much?
The Bibliography: Varieties and Forms
Revising for Printer and Public
Errors and Their Ways
Judging the Merits of a Work
Revision: Maxims and Pointers
Revision: Marks and Symbols
The Professional Touch
The Handle to a Writer's Works
Revision: The Printer and You
The Final Pages: The Index
Copyright: To Protect and Defend
Modes of Presentation
Composing: By Hand or by Machine?
Advantages versus Drawbacks
A Few Rudiments for Beginners
The Whole Circle of Work: Editing a Classic
Speaking What You Have Learned
Heading Committees and Seminars
The Etiquette of Leadership
Making the Most of Time
A Few More Recommendations
InfoTrac College Edition Terms
Index
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