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Tech-savvy and student-friendly, The Bedford Researcher addresses the kinds of writing students actually do and the kinds of sources they actually use. It follows real student writers from their initial research questions all the way to designing their final essays, integrating electronic sources and tools into each stage of the process. Clearly organized and readable, The Bedford Researcher strips away the complexities of research writing and empowers students to write with confidence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312667757
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/31/2010
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

 Mike Palmquist is an Associate Provost at Colorado State University, where he leads university-wide efforts to enhance learning and teaching in face-to-face, blended, and distance courses. A professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, he is recognized nationally for his work in computer-supported writing instruction and, in particular, in designing Web-based instructional materials to support writing. His most recent Web-based projects are Writing@CSU (, an open-access, educational Web site for writers and writing instructors, and the WAC Clearinghouse (, the leading site for communication across the curriculum. He is the author of numerous articles and essays on writing and teaching with technology and writing across the curriculum. In 2004, he received the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field, which recognizes "exemplary scholarship and professional service to the field of computers and writing." In 2006, the CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Composition named him Outstanding Technology Innovator. From 2009 to 2011, he served on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English and as chair of the NCTE’s College Section. He is the author of Joining the Conversation: Writing in College and Beyond (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010); The Bedford Researcher, Third Edition (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009); and Designing Writing: A Practical Guide (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2005).

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Table of Contents

I Joining the Conversation
1 Getting Started

1a How can I research and write with confidence?

1b How can I choose an appropriate topic?
2 Exploring and Narrowing Your Topic

2a How can I explore my topic?

2b How can I narrow my topic?
3 Developing Your Research Question and Proposal

3a How can I develop my research question?

3b What is a research proposal and how can I create one?
II Working with Sources
4 Reading Critically

4a How does reading critically differ from evaluating?

4b How can I use my research question to read critically?

4c How can I read with an attitude?

4d What strategies can I use to read actively?

4e What should I pay attention to as I read?

4f How many times should I read a source?
5 Evaluating Sources

5a What factors should I use to evaluate a source?

5b Should I evaluate all types of sources in the same way?
6 Taking Notes

6a How can I record my notes?

6b What methods can I use to take notes and avoid plagiarism?
7 Avoiding Plagiarism

7a What is plagiarism?

7b What are research ethics?

7c What is common knowledge?

7d What is "fair use" and when should I ask permission to use a source?

7e Why do writers plagiarize?

7f How can I avoid plagiarism?

7g What should I do if I’m accused of plagiarism?
III Collecting Information
8 Planning Your Search for Information

8a How can I create a search plan?

8b How can I create a schedule to carry out my plan?

8c How can I find out if my plan is a good one?
9 Searching for Information with Electronic Resources

9a How can I search for sources with online library catalogs?

9b How can I search for sources with databases?

9c How can I search for sources with Web search sites?

9d How can I search for sources with media search sites?
10 Searching for Information with Print Resources

10a How can I use the library stacks to locate sources?

10b How can I use a library periodicals room to locate sources?

10c How can I use a library reference room to locate sources?
11 Searching for Information with Field Research Methods

11a How can I use interviews to collect information?

11b How can I use observation to collect information?

11c How can I use surveys to collect information?

11d How can I use correspondence to collect information?

11e How can I use public events and broadcast media to collect information?
12 Managing Information

12a How can I save and organize the information I find?

12b How can I create a bibliography
IV Writing Your Document
13 Developing, Supporting, and Organizing Your Ideas

13a How can I develop my thesis statement?

13b How can I support my thesis statement?

13c How should I organize my document?
14 Drafting

14a How can I use my outline to draft my document?

14b How can I draft effective paragraphs?

14c How can I draft my introduction?

14d How can I present evidence for my points?

14e How can I make sure my document is easy to follow?

14f How can I make my document more readable?

14g How can I draft my conclusion?

14h How should I document my sources?
15 Integrating Sources to Frame Your Argument and Avoid Plagiarism

15a How can I use source information to accomplish my purposes as a writer?

15b How can I integrate quotations?

15c How can I integrate paraphrases?

15d How can I integrate summaries?

15e How can I integrate numerical information?

15f How can I integrate images, audio, and video?

15g How can I ensure I’ve avoided plagiarism?
16 Writing with Style

16a How can I begin to write with style?

16b How can I polish my style?
17 Revising and Editing

17a What should I focus on as I revise my document?

17b What strategies should I use to revise?

17c What should I focus on as I edit my document?

17d What strategies should I use to edit?
18 Designing

18a How can I use design effectively?

18b What design elements can I use?

18c How should I design my document?
V Documenting Sources
19 Understanding Documentation Systems

19a What is a documentation system and which one should I use?

19b How should I document my sources?
20 Using MLA Style

20a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?

20b How do I prepare the list of works cited?
21 Using APA Style

21a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?

21b How do I prepare the reference list?
22 Using Chicago Style

22a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?

22b How do I format notes and prepare the bibliography?
23 Using CSE Style

23a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?

23b How do I prepare the reference list?


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