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Thoroughly revised and updated with coverage of the Internet and other electronic sources, the third edition of The Bedford Guide to the Research Process remains the most comprehensive guide to the research process available anywhere. With extensive coverage of researching, writing, and documenting papers across the disciplines and a friendly, encouraging tone, this invaluable resource will serve students well throughout their college careers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312119676
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 455
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN JOHNSON is a coordinator of the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she also teaches advanced writing. Through her company Executive Writing Services, she provides seminars to employees in business and in federal and local governments.

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Table of Contents

  Introduction: Research: Searching, Re-Searching, and Writing
    Why We Do Research
    How We Do Research
  1. Choosing Your Topic
    Making a List of Subjects
    Choosing Possible Topics
    Choosing a Topic
  2. Planning Your Search
    Creating a Search Strategy
  3. Compiling Your Working Bibliography
    Where to Start Looking
    What You Can Find in the Library
    Making a List of Sources
    Beginning Your Library Search
    Finding Information in the Library Catalog
    Finding Information in the Reference Area
    Finding Information through the Internet
    Taking Stock
  4. Recording Information from Print and Electronic Sources
    Locating Sources
    Evaluating Your Sources
    Taking Notes
    Recording Your Information
    Avoiding Plagiarism
  5. Gathering Information from Other Sources
    Surveying and Polling Using Questionnaires
    Recording Oral History
    Reading Diaries, Letters, and Other Personal Papers
    Examining Government Records
    Museums, Special Collections, and Organizations
    Observing, Exploring, and Experimenting
  6. Re-Searching, Developing a Thesis Statement, and Outlining
    Re-Searching: Reviewing Your Information
    Writing a Summary Sentence or Thesis Statement
    Critical Thinking
    Analyzing Arguments
    Creative Thinking
    Making an Outline
  7. Writing Your First Draft
    Preparing to Write
    Writing Your Introduction
    Writing the Body of Your Paper
    Acknowledging Your Sources
    Avoiding Plagiarism
    Writing Your Conclusion
    Writing the Title
    Writing an Abstract
    Designing Illustrations
  8. Revising
    Preparing to Revise
    First Revising Stage: Focusing on the Whole Paper
    Second Revising Stage: Focusing on Parts of the Paper
  9. Preparing Your Final Copy
    Making Your Final Revision
    Spelling and Usage
    Front Matter
    Back Matter
    Preparing Your Final Copy
    Proofreading and Duplicating
    Cover and Binding
  10. Writing a Paper in the Humanities: The Author-Page Style
    Parts of the Manuscript
    Two Sample Research Papers Using the Author-Page Style
  11. Writing a Paper in the Social Sciences: The Author-Date Style
    Parts of the Manuscript
    Sample Research Paper Using the Author-Date Style
  12. Writing a Paper in Science or Technology: The Citation Sequence and Name-Year Systems
    Parts of the Manuscript
    Sample Research Paper Using the Citation-Sequence
  1. Annotated List of References
    Brief Contents of Appendix
    General Sources
    Sources in General Disciplinary Groups
    Sources in Specific Academic Disciplines
  2. Using Footnotes or Endnotes to Document Your Paper
    In-Text Citations
  3. Style Manuals and Handbooks in Various Disciplines

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