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Even very good students think that doing a research project is an excruciating task. They might know their subject well, but they find it easier to go out and dig ditches than to gather facts and organize them into a research paper or project. Rebecca Elliott, the author of Barron's just published Painless Grammar, and her husband James have written a new book to help middle school students turn research into a painless—even enjoyable—process. Their formula is pure common sense. They begin with advice on choosing a topic, then guide students through the thickets of library research, interviewing experts for information, using the Internet, making notes, writing a rough draft, and producing a finished research report. They take students step-by-step through a sample research paper and end with tips on compiling a bibliography. Also featured is an Internet address book with 56 informative websites. Their delightful, user-friendly approach demonstrates that doing a research project really isn't such a burdensome task after all!

Provides step-by-step instructions for writing an interesting and informative research paper, from choosing a topic to proofreading the finished product.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764102974
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Painless Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Starting Your Treasure Hunt 1
Picking a Topic 3
Is This Topic As Easy to Research As It Looks? 9
Planning How to Present Your Project 12
Research Reports vs. Research Papers 29
Chapter 2 Digging for the Treasure 37
Finding Your Way Around the Library 39
A Smart Start: The Reference Section 42
Books and Magazines 48
Using the Computer 58
Other Ways to Locate Books about Your Topic 75
Chapter 3 The Internet 83
What Is Cyberspace? 85
What in the World Is the World Wide Web? 86
Chapter 4 Interviews and More 95
Preparing for a Personal Interview 97
Writing a Questionnaire 100
Other Places to Dig for Treasure 104
Chapter 5 Taking Notes 115
Using Note Cards 117
Determining if a Source Will Be Helpful 117
Think--Don't Copy! 122
Chapter 6 What to Do with Your Treasure 139
Organizing Your Key Ideas 141
The Introduction: Where It all Starts 151
The Body: Turning Note Cards into Paragraphs 156
Successful Conclusions 166
Cures for Writer's Block 169
Chapter 7 Buff and Shine Your Treasure 185
Editing Tools 187
Editing Your Paper 188
Maps and Illustrations 194
A Few More Things to Check 195
Chapter 8 A Sample Research Report 197
Choosing a Topic 199
Writing the Bibliography 216
Appendix A Painless Checklists 219
Getting an Idea for a Topic 219
Knowing What the Teacher Wants 219
Asking Questions about Your Topic 220
Looking for Information 220
Getting Organized 221
Taking Notes 221
Organizing Your Note Cards 222
Writing the Rough Draft of the Paper 223
Editing and Cleaning Up the Paper 224
Appendix B Bibliographies and Source Cards 225
Reference Book Articles with no Author Given 226
Reference Book Articles with an Author 227
CD-ROM Encyclopedia Articles 227
Magazine Articles 227
Newspaper Articles 228
Cartoons 228
Books or Pamphlets with One Author 228
Books or Pamphlets with Two Authors 229
Interviews 229
Films 229
Television Programs 230
Internet Sites 230
Online Databases such as America Online 231
Periodical CD-ROM Databases such as SIRS and InfoTrac 231
Government Publications 231
Appendix C Internet Addresses 233
Astronomy and Space 233
Physical Sciences 235
Biology and Animal Sciences 237
Earth Sciences 238
Oceans 239
Math 241
Literature and the Arts 241
History 242
Geography 245
Social Studies and Government 246
Current Events 248
Reference 249
Other Cool Sites 250
Link Sites 252
Index 257
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