McGraw-Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papers / Edition 1

McGraw-Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papers / Edition 1

by Carol Ellison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0071629890

ISBN-13: 2900071629897

Pub. Date: 01/11/2010

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

The words "research paper" may send a chill down your spine. You're thinking about the hours of research and the days of writing ahead-and that's after wringing your hands about the topic! Never fear, this concise resource will guide you through the process step-by-step arid make the experience painless. With veteran composition instructor Carol Ellison's advice,

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The words "research paper" may send a chill down your spine. You're thinking about the hours of research and the days of writing ahead-and that's after wringing your hands about the topic! Never fear, this concise resource will guide you through the process step-by-step arid make the experience painless. With veteran composition instructor Carol Ellison's advice, you'll be able to create a thought-provoking research paper that will get you the best possible grade!

McGraw-Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papers gives you the tools to:

Organize a helpful outline before you write

Find solid evidence at the library and on the Internet to back up your thesis

Write effective sentences to support your topic

Replace common phrases with attention-drawing wording to properly articulate your ideas

Use smooth transitions between paragraphs to keep your paper flowing

Craft eloquent summaries and conclusions

Avoid accidental incidences of plagiarism

Run a thorough check over your research paper before you hand it in

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900071629897
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
01/11/2010
Series:
Perfect Phrases Series
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
208

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Getting Started 1

Interpreting the Assignment 2

Types of Assignments 7

Choosing a Research Topic 10

Developing a Working Thesis 14

Analyzing Your Audience 16

Writing a Proposal 17

Chapter 2 Doing Your Research 19

Searching the Internet 20

Using Library and Database Resources 25

Finding Books at the Library 26

Using Library Catalogs 30

Browsing for Information 32

Looking up Articles in Periodicals 34

Identifying Appropriate Sources 38

Identifying Reputable Online Sources 40

Identifying Reputable Print Sources 44

Reading Critically 45

Documenting Your Research 49

Narrowing (or Expanding) Your Search 53

Writing Annotated Bibliographies 55

Conducting Original Research 57

Surveys 59

Interviews 64

Chapter 3 Crafting Your Outline 71

Making Lists 74

Making Charts 75

Creating an Outline 78

Identifying a Thesis 79

Identifying Topics and Arguments 82

Outlining a Five-Paragraph Paper 84

Expanding beyond Five Paragraphs 88

Comparing and Contrasting Ideas and Information 89

Chapter 4 Preparing Your Draft 93

Introductions 94

Paragraphs 104

Writing Topic Sentences 108

Adding Evidence 109

Writing Transition Sentences 110

Conclusions 116

Chapter 5 Revising Your Work 121

Avoiding Plagiarism 122

Protecting Yourself against Plagiarism 123

Choosing a Documentation Style 124

Quotations/Citations 129

Summaries/Paraphrases 133

Bibliographies/Works Cited 136

Avoiding Bias 140

Chapter 6 Polishing Your Writing 145

Vocabulary 146

Checking Your Usage 148

Avoiding the "I"Trap 152

Polishing the Prose 153

Words 158

Chapter 7 Preparing Your Submission 161

Pictures/Graphics 162

TheFinal Checklist 163

Chapter 8 Getting Ready for the Next Time 165

Interpreting Feedback 165

Keeping a Portfolio 166

Appendix A The Dewey Decimal System 169

Appendix B The Library of Congress Classification System 175

About the Author 189

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