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The Essential Guide to Writing Research Papers is the ultimate brief research reference. This book covers all aspects of the research writing process from selecting a topic and gathering data to formatting the final draft. The frequent use of checklist and summaries keeps the text brief.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321024060
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 10/14/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.73 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Finding a Topic.
Generating Your Own Ideas.
Using a Computer Search.
Using Printed Sources.
Drafting a Proposal.
Narrowing General to Specific.

2. Gathering Data.
Working Bibliography.
Computer Searches.
Printed Bibliography.
Printed Indexes.
Indexes to Government Documents.
Essays within Books.
Printed Catalog Cards.
Data Outside the Library.

3. Organizing Ideas and Setting Goals.
Direction and Goals.
Academic Models (Paradigms).
Formal Outlines.

4. Finding and Reading the Best Sources.
Finding Sources.
Reading All or Part of a Source.
Responding to the Sources.
Selecting Primary and Secondary Sources.
Annotated Bibliography.
Review of the Literature on a Topic.

5. Writing Notes.
Creating Effective Notes.
Personal Notes.
Direct Quotation Notes.
Paraphrased Notes.
Summary Notes and Precis Notes.
Notes from Field Research.
Avoiding Plagiarism.

6. Writing the Paper.
Final Thesis Sentence.
Understanding Purpose and Role.
Drafting the Paper.
Drafting with a Computer.
The Introduction.
The Body.
The Conclusion.
Revising the Rough Draft.
Peer Review.

7. Blending Reference Material Into Your Writing.
Blending a Reference into Your Text.
Citing a Source: No Author.
Unprinted Sources: No Page Number.
Internet Sources.
Establishing Credibility of Sources.
Indirect Sources.
Frequent References to the Same Work.
Material from Textbooks and Anthologies.
Adding Extra Information to Citations.
Punctuation of Citations.
Indenting Long Quotations.
Citing Poetry.
Altering Initial Capitals.
Omitting Quoted matter with Ellipsis Points.
Using Parentheses and Brackets.

8. Handling Format.
Final Manuscript: MLA Style.
Glossary: Preparing the Manuscript.
Sample MLA Style Paper.

9. Works Cited: MLA Style.
Works Cited Format.
Government Documents.
Electronic Sources.
Other Sources.

10. Using APA Style.
Proper Tense.
Headings and Subheadings.
In-text Citations.
Working Draft or Publishing the Manuscript.
List of References.
The Abstract.
Sample APA Style Paper.

11. Using The CBE Number System.
Assigning Number.
In-Text Citations.
Papers in the Applied Sciences.
Papers in the Medical Sciences.
Sample CBE Style Paper.

12. Using the Chicago Footnote System.
Superscript Numerals.
Subsequent Footnotes.
Content Notes.
Bibliography Page.
Sample Chicago Footnote Style Paper.


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