The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers / Edition 5

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The Curious Researcher 3/e offers a fresh approach to research by reminding readers that curiosity is still the best reason for uncovering information and ideas. This author provides ample proof that the research process, like the writing process, can be full of rewarding discoveries.Using a variety of examples from both professional writers and students, this book shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive. Readers are encouraged to not only develop sound research and analytical skills, but to examine ways to bring their writing to life, even though they're writing with "facts."Though The Curious Researcher stands apart from similar texts because of its motivational qualities, it also features full explanations of the technical aspects of the research paper. MLA citation conventions are given extensive treatment, and APA standards are also explained in the Appendix. For writers of research papers.

"...encourages the user to rethink the research paper, explains how to 'befriend' the library, use interviews & the Internet, avoid common mistakes, use MLA & APA style... written in a friendly, instructive style."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321366498
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 2/13/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Rethinking the Research Paper 1
Good Research and Good Writing 3
Using This Book 4
The Research Paper and the Research Report 5
How Formal Should It Be? 6
Becoming an Authority by Using Authorities 8
Facts Don't Kill 9
Ch. 1 The First Week 21
The Importance of Getting Curious 21
Befriending the Library 30
Ch. 2 The Second Week 55
Narrowing the Subject 55
Developing a Research Strategy 63
Looking Back Before Moving On 76
Ch. 3 The Third Week 77
Notetaking as Prewriting 77
Notetaking Techniques 94
Digging Deeper for Information 104
Looking Back Before Moving On 123
Ch. 4 The Fourth Week 125
Getting to the Draft 125
Citing Sources 157
Ch. 5 The Fifth Week 167
Revising for Purpose 167
Revising for Information 173
Revising for Language 175
Preparing the Final Manuscript 185
Looking Back and Moving On 205
Appendix A: Sample Undocumented Research Essay 207
Appendix B: Sample Research Paper Draft in MLA Style 219
Annotated Draft 241
Appendix C: APA-Style Documentation 263
How to Use APA Style 263
Sample Research Paper in APA Style 273
Appendix D: Tips for Researching and Writing Papers on Literary Topics 295
Mine the Primary Source 295
Search Strategies 296
The Personal Approach 299
Sample Research Paper on a Literary Topic 303
Index 317
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