Craft of Research

ISBN-10: 0226065669

ISBN-13: 9780226065663

Edition: 3rd 2008

Authors: Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams

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With more than 200,000 copies in print,The Craft of Researchis the unrivaled resource for researchers at every level, from first-year undergraduates to research reporters at corporations and government offices. Now, seasoned researchers and educators Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams present an updated third edition of their classic handbook, whose first and second editions were written in collaboration with the late Wayne C. Booth.The Craft of Researchexplains how to build an argument that motivates readers to accept a claim; how to anticipate the reservations of readers and to respond to them appropriately; and how to create introductions and conclusions that answer that most demanding question, 0;So what?1; The third edition includes an expanded discussion of the essential early stages of a research task: planning and drafting a paper. The authors have revised and fully updated their section on electronic research, emphasizing the need to distinguish between trustworthy sources (such as those found in libraries) and less reliable sources found with a quick Web search. A chapter on warrants has also been thoroughly reviewed to make this difficult subject easier for researchers. Throughout, the authors have preserved the amiable tone, the reliable voice, and the sense of directness that have made this book indispensable for anyone undertaking a research project.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Gregory G. Colomb (1951–2011) was professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Designs on Truth: The Poetics of the Augustan Mock-Epic. He is�coauthor, with Wayne C. Booth and�Joseph M. Williams, of the best-selling guide The Craft of Research,�published by the University of Chicago Press.

Preface: The Aims of This Edition
Our Debts
Research, Researchers, and Readers
Prologue: Becoming a Researcher
Thinking in Print: The Uses of Research, Public and Private
What Is Research?
Why Write It Up?
Why a Formal Report?
Writing Is Thinking
Connecting with Your Reader: (Re-)Creating Yourself and Your Readers
Creating Roles for Yourself and Your Readers
Understanding Your Role
Imagining Your Reader's Role
Quick Tip: A Checklist for Understanding Your Readers
Asking Questions, Finding Answers
Prologue: Planning Your Project-An Overview
Quick Tip: Creating a Writing Group
From Topics to Questions
From an Interest to a Topic
From a Broad Topic to a Focused One
From a Focused Topic to Questions
From a Question to Its Significance
Quick Tip: Finding Topics
From Questions to a Problem
Distinguishing Practical and Research Problems
Understanding the Common Structure of Problems
Finding a Good Research Problem
Learning to Work with Problems
Quick Tip: Manage the Unavoidable Problem of Inexperience
From Problems to Sources
Knowing How to Use Three Kinds of Sources
Locating Sources through a Library
Locating Sources on the Internet
Evaluating Sources for Relevance and Reliability
Following Bibliographical Trails
Looking beyond Predictable Sources
Using People as Primary Sources
Quick Tip: The Ethics of Using People as Sources of Data
Engaging Sources
Knowing What Kind of Evidence to Look For
Record Complete Bibliographical Data
Engaging Sources Actively
Using Secondary Sources to Find a Problem
Using Secondary Sources to Plan Your Argument
Recording What You Find
Quick Tip: Manage Moments of Normal Anxiety
Making a Claim and Supporting IT
Prologue: Assembling a Research Argument
Making Good Arguments: An Overview
Argument as a Conversation with Readers
Supporting Your Claim
Acknowledging and Responding to Anticipated Questions and Objections
Warranting the Relevance of Your Reasons
Building a Complex Argument Out of Simple Ones
Creating an Ethos by Thickening Your Argument
Quick Tip: A Common Mistake-Falling Back on What You Know
Making Claims
Determining the Kind of Claim You Should Make
Evaluating Your Claim
Quick Tip: Qualifying Claims to Enhance Your Credibility
Assembling Reasons and Evidence
Using Reasons to Plan Your Argument
Distinguishing Evidence from Reasons
Distinguishing Evidence from Reports of It
Evaluating Your Evidence
Acknowledgments and Responses
Questioning Your Argument as Your Readers Will
Imagining Alternatives to Your Argument
Deciding What to Acknowledge
Framing Your Responses as Subordinate Arguments
The Vocabulary of Acknowledgment and Response
Quick Tip: Three Predictable Disagreements
Warrants in Everyday Reasoning
Warrants in Academic Arguments
Understanding the Logic of Warrants
Testing Whether a Warrant Is Reliable
Knowing When to State a Warrant
Challenging Others' Warrants
Quick Tip: Two Kinds of Arguments
Planning, Drafting, and Revising
Prologue: Planning Again
Quick Tip: Outlining and Storyboarding
Avoid Three Common but Flawed Plans
Planning Your Report
Drafting Your Report
Draft in a Way That Feels Comfortable
Use Key Words to Keep Yourself on Track
Quote, Paraphrase, and Summarize Appropriately
Integrating Direct Quotations into Your Text
Show Readers How Evidence Is Relevant
Guard against Inadvertent Plagiarism
The Social Importance of Citing Sources
Four Common Citation Styles
Work through Procrastination and Writer's Block
Quick Tip: Indicating Citations in Your Text
Revising Your Organization and Argument
Thinking Like a Reader
Revising the Frame of Your Report
Revising Your Argument
Revising the Organization of Your Report
Check Your Paragraphs
Let Your Draft Cool, Then Paraphrase It
Quick Tip: Abstracts
Communicating Evidence Visually
Choosing Visual or Verbal Representations
Choosing the Most Effective Graphic
Designing Tables, Charts, and Graphs
Specific Guidelines for Tables, Bar Charts, and Line Graphs
Communicating Data Ethically
Introductions and Conclusions
The Common Structure of Introductions
Step 1: Establish Common Ground
Step 2: State Your Problem
Step 3: State Your Response
Setting the Right Pace for Your Introduction
Writing Your Conclusion
Finding Your First Few Words
Finding Your Last Few Words
Quick Tip: Titles
Revising Style: Telling Your Story Clearly
Judging Style
The First Two Principles of Clear Writing
A Third Principle: Old before New
Choosing between Active and Passive
A Final Principle: Complexity Last
Spit and Polish
Quick Tip: The Quickest Revision Strategy
Some Last Considerations
The Ethics of Research
A Postscript for Teachers
Bibliographical Resources
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