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Unlike comparable books, Research introduces two sample student research papers in the second chapter, giving students a clear idea of their final goal as they progress through each step of the research and writing process. While covering all the basic research conventions, the book places a unique emphasis on the actual purpose behind the conventions, helping students develop research skills useful across the curriculum. This book is equally effective as a classroom text and as a reference tool for student researchers.
To the Instructor.
1. Introduction: What Is Research?
The Research Paper.
Primary and Secondary Research.
Benefits of Doing Research.
2. Two Sample Research Papers.
The Research Process.
A Research Assignment.
The Finished Product.
3. Selecting a Research Topic.
Your Research Schedule: Planning in Advance.
A Research Notebook.
Your Research Topic.
4. Tools for Finding Sources.
Beginning Your Research.
Your Campus Library.
Using Your Library's Research Tools.
Finding Articles: Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers.
Using Electronic Databases.
The Reference Librarian—The Most Resourceful Resource.
5. Finding Sources Outside the Library: Conducting Interviews and Writing Letters.
Writing for Information.
Still Other Sources.
6. Assembling a Prospectus and a Working Bibliography.
A Research Prospectus.
The Working Bibliography.
General Guidelines—MLA Format.
Model Entries—MLA Format.
7. Putting Your Sources to Work: Reading and Taking Notes.
Using Your Written Sources.
8. Reporting on Sources: Paraphrase and Quotation.
The Conventions of Reporting.
Options for Presenting Sources.
Relying on Experts.
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase.
A Further Note on Plagiarism.
9. Using Parenthetical Notes.
Types of Notes.
10. Writing and Revising the Research Paper.
Writing the First Good Draft.
Editing and Revising.
11. Producing and Proofreading Your Polished Draft.
Format for Your Polished Draft.
A Formal Outline.
And, Finally, Proofreading the Finished Product.
A: Other Citation Formats: APA Style and Numbered References.
B: Footnotes and Endnotes.