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Featuring an engaging, direct writing style and inquiry-based approach, this popular research guide stresses that curiosity is the best reason for investigating ideas and information.

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 student and professional writers, ...

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Featuring an engaging, direct writing style and inquiry-based approach, this popular research guide stresses that curiosity is the best reason for investigating ideas and information.

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 student and professional writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive. Students are encouraged to find ways to bring their writing to life, even though they are writing with “facts.” A unique chronological organization sets up achievable writing goals while it provides week-by-week guidance through the research process. Full explanations of the technical aspects of writing and documenting source-based papers help students develop sound research and analysis skills. The text also includes up-to-date coverage of MLA and APA styles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321994042
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rethinking the research paper
Exericse 1 This I believe

Unlearning 101

Using this book
The exercises
The five-week plan
Alternatives to the five-week plan
The research paper versus the research report
Discovering your purpose
How formal should it be?
The question is you
Thinking like an academic writer
A method of discovery
Firing on four cylinders of information
Facts don’t kill

Exercise 2 Reflecting on Theories of Intelligence by Bruce Ballenger
Creative research papers?

Chapter 1: The First Week
The importance of getting curious
Seeing the world with wonder

Getting the pot boliing

Exercise 1.1 Builing an interest inventory
Other ways to find a topic
What is a good topic?
Where’s Waldo and the organizing power of questions

Exericse 1.2 The myth of the boring
Making the most of an assigned topic
Developing a working knowledge
Case study on developing working knowledge: Theories of dog training
Research strategies for developing working knowledge
Software to manage your research
The reference librarian: A living source
Narrowing the subject
Exercise 1.3 finding the question

Crafting your opening inquiry question
Possible purposes for a research assignment

Exercise 1.4 Research proposal
Reading for research
Reading rhetorically
Strategies for reading rhetorically

Chapter 2: The Second Week
What are your research routines?
Google vs. the library

Planning the dive
Find enough information by using the best search terms
Index searches using the Library of Congress subject headings
Keyword searching in library databases
Keyword searches on the world wide web
Find varied sources
Primary vs. secondary sources
Objective vs. subjective
Stable or unstable?
Find quality sources
When was it published?
Why journal articles are better than magazine articles
Look for often-cited authors
Not all books are alike
Evaluating online sources
A key to evaluating Internet sources
Developing focused knowledge
What about a thesis?
Suspending judgment?
Testing assumptions?
What are you arguing?
Keeping track of what you find: Building a bibliography

Searching library databases for books and articles
Finding Books
Understanding call numbers*
Coming up empty-handed?
Checking bibliographies
Interlibrary loan
Article databases
Saving search results
Advanced Internet research techniques
Types of search engines

Exercise 2.2 Academic research on the Internet
Living sources: Interviews and surveys
Arranging interviews
Finding experts
Finding nonexperts affected by your topic
Making contact
Conducting interviews
The e-mail interview
Planning informal surveys
Avoid loaded questions
Avoid vague questions
Drawbacks of open-ended questions
Designing your multiple choice questions
Using scaled responses
Conducting surveys

Fieldwork: Research on what you see and hear
Preparing for fieldwork
Notetaking strategies
Using what you see and hear

Exercise 2.4 DataViz: Tell a story with facts

Chapter 3: The Third Week
Writing in the middle


Exercise 3.1 Getting into a conversation with a fact
Plagiarism: What it is, why it matters, and how to avoid it
Plagiarism Q & A

Exercise 3.2 Saying it back to a source
Why plagiarism matters
A taxonomy of copying, quotation, paraphrase, and summary

Exercise 3.3 Dialogic notetaking: Listing in, speaking up
“What? I Failed” by Thomas Lord
Notetaking techniques
The double-entry journal
The research log
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

Exercise 3.4 Building an annotated bibliography

Chapter 4: The Fourth Week
Getting to the draft
Exploration or argument?

Exercise 4.1 Dialogue with Dave
Organizing the draft
Delayed thesis structure
Question–claim structure
Exploring or arguing: An example
Preparing to write the draft
Refining the question

Refining the thesis

Exercise 4.2 Sharpening your point
Deciding whether to say I
Getting personal without being personal
Starting to write the draft: Beginning at the beginning
Flashlights or floodlights?
Writing multiple leads
Exercise 4.3 Three ways in

Writing for reader interest

Whose steering and where to?
Working the common ground
Putting people on the page
Writing a strong ending
Using surprise
Writing with sources
The weave of research writing
Handling quotes
Other quick tips for controlling quotations
Citing sources
Driving through the first draft

Chapter 5: The Fifth Week
Revising is re-seeing (or breaking up is hard to do)
Global revision: Revising for purpose, thesis, and structure
Writer- to reader-based prose
Exercise 5.1 Wrestling with the draft
Reviewing the structure

Exercise 5.2 Directing the reader's respose
Using your thesis to revise

Exercise 5.3 Cut and paste revision
Examining the wreckage
Other ways of reviewing the structure

Finding quick facts
Local revision: Revising for language
Who are you in the draft
Tightening seams between what you say and what they say
Scrutinizing paragraphs
Scrutinizing sentences
Exercise 5.4 Cutting clutter

Preparing the final manuscript
Considering a “reader-friendly” design
Using images
Following MLA conventions
Proofreading your paper

Exercise 5.5 Picking off the lint
Ten common mistakes in research papers
Using the “find” or “search” function
Avoiding sexist language
Looking back and moving on

Appendix A: Understanding Research Assignments

Appendix B: Guide to MLA Styles.
Appendix C: Guide to APA Style.


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