The Curious Researcher, MLA Update Edition / Edition 6

The Curious Researcher, MLA Update Edition / Edition 6

by Bruce Ballenger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205745261

ISBN-13: 9780205745265

Pub. Date: 06/15/2009

Publisher: Longman

An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually

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An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205745265
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Series:
English MLA Updated Books Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction: Rethinking the Research Paper.

Learning and Unlearning.

Using This Book.

The Exercises.

The Five-Week Plan.

Alternatives to the Five-Week Plan.

The Research Paper and the Research Report.

Discovering Your Purpose

How Formal Should It Be?

When “Bad” Writing Is Good.

Thinking Like an Academic Writer.

“Essaying” or Arguing?

The Research Essay and Academic Writing.

Becoming an Authority by Using Authorities.

“It’s Just My Opinion”

Facts Don't Kill.

The Question Habit.

1. The First Week.

The Importance of Getting Curious.

Learning to Wonder Again.

Getting the Pot Boiling.

Other Ways to Find a Topic

What Is a Good Topic?

Making the Most of an Assigned Topic.

Developing a Working Knowledge.

Research Strategies

Narrowing the Subject.

Circling the Lighthouse.

From Landscape Shots to Close-Ups.

Possible Purposes for a Research Assignment.

Reading for Research.

Reading Rhetorically.

Reading like an Outsider.

2. The Second Week.

Developing a Research Strategy.

Google vs. the Library

A Complementary Research Strategy

Find Sufficient Information by Using the Best Search Terms

Find Varied Sources

Find Quality Sources

Developing Focused Knowledge.

What About a Thesis?

Library Research Techniques.

Finding Books

Understanding Call Numbers

Advanced Internet Research Techniques.

Types of Search Engines.

Living Sources: Interviews and Surveys.

Arranging Interviews.

Planning Informal Surveys.

Conducting Surveys.

3. The Third Week.

Writing in the Middle.

Becoming an Activist Notetaker.

Recognizing Plagiarism.

I Read What You Said and Borrowed It, Okay?

Why Plagiarism Matters.

Sources Are from Mars, Notetakers Are from Venus.

Notetaking Techniques.

The Double-Entry Journal.

Other Notetaking Techniques

The Research Log: A Jay Leno Approach.

Narrative Notetaking.

Online Research Notebooks

When You're Coming Up Short: More Advanced Searching Techniques

Advanced Library Searching Techniques

Advanced Internet Search Techniques

Thinking Outside the Box: Alternative Sources

4. The Fourth Week.

Getting to the Draft.

When the Experts Disagree.

An Application Example.

Deciding Whether to Say I.

Beginning at the Beginning.

Deciding on a Voice.

Writing for Reader Interest.

Organizing the Draft

Delaying Thesis Structure

Question-Claim Structure

Essaying or Arguing: An Example

Writing with Sources

Quick Tips for Controlling Quotations

Grafting Quotes

Sandwiching Quotes

Billboarding Quotes

Splicing Quotes

Citing Sources.

An Alternative to Colliding Footnotes.

I Hate These Theses to Pieces.

Driving Through the First Draft.

5. The Fifth Week.

Revising for Purpose.

The Thesis as a Tool for Revision

Using a Reader

Attacking the Draft

Revising for Information.

Finding Quick Facts.

Revising for Language.

Listening to the Voice,

How to Control Information.

Scrutinizing Paragraphs.

Scrutinizing Sentences.

Stock Phrases in Research Papers

Preparing the Final Manuscript.

Considering “Reader-Friendly” Design.

Following MLA Conventions.

Proofreading Your Paper.

Looking Back and Moving On.

Appendix A: Guide to MLA Styles.

Part One: Citing Sources in Your Essay.

Part Two: Format

Part Three: Preparing the “Works Cited” Page.

Part Four: Student Essay in MLA Style.

Appendix B: Guide to APA Style.

Part One: How the Essay Should Look.

Part Two: Citing Sources in Your Essay.

Part Three: Preparing the “References” List.

Part Four: Sample Paper in APA Style.

Appendix C: Understanding Research Assignments

Analyzing the Purpose of the Assignment

Argumentative Research: Open or Closed?

Audience

Emphasis on Formal Qualities

Types of Evidence: Primary or Secondary

Index.

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